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Strategic Users of Culture: German Decision-making on the Use of Military Force in ESDP Operations

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How do political leaders justify the use of military force? Competing explanations exist on why states use military force. Rationalists proposed sophisticated explanatory models on the causes of wars (Fearon 1995; Vasquez 2009) while constructivist arguments put forward alternative explanations based on national identity (Lebow 2010).
This paper looks inside the state in focusing on policy-makers, those who actually make the decision to use military force, and how they justify it. The core argument of this paper is that, when facing conflicting pressures from the international environment and their own national constituencies, political leaders consciously use facets of their own strategic culture to legitimate a decision, made for contingent reasons, to participate (or not) to a
military operation.

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Strategic culture, foreign policy, decision-making, germany, ESDP
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Schmitt, Olivier. "Strategic Users of Culture: German Decision-making on the Use of Military Force in ESDP Operations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501884_index.html>

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Schmitt, O. , 2011-03-16 "Strategic Users of Culture: German Decision-making on the Use of Military Force in ESDP Operations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association Annual Conference "Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition", Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p501884_index.html

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Abstract: How do political leaders justify the use of military force? Competing explanations exist on why states use military force. Rationalists proposed sophisticated explanatory models on the causes of wars (Fearon 1995; Vasquez 2009) while constructivist arguments put forward alternative explanations based on national identity (Lebow 2010).
This paper looks inside the state in focusing on policy-makers, those who actually make the decision to use military force, and how they justify it. The core argument of this paper is that, when facing conflicting pressures from the international environment and their own national constituencies, political leaders consciously use facets of their own strategic culture to legitimate a decision, made for contingent reasons, to participate (or not) to a
military operation.


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