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Policy Components of Arms Competitions

McCubbins, Mathew D. (1983) Policy Components of Arms Competitions. American Journal of Political Science, 27 (3). pp. 385-406. ISSN 0092-5853.

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This report suggests and justifies a simple approach to arms competitions, wherein arms competitions are viewed as disaggregated competitions between pairs of weapons systems for executing mutually incompatible policy goals. This approach is derived from a decision theoretic model of armament choice, in which military decision makers make trade-offs between alternative strategies of weapons deployment to achieve national foreign policy objectives. Data representing a cross section of the U.S. and USSR military arsenals are employed in a quasi first-difference two-stage least squares analysis to provide evidence for the propositions of the model and this approach.

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URLURL TypeDescription ItemSocial Science Working Paper 311
Additional Information:Manuscript submitted 14 November 1981. Final manuscript received 17 January 1983.
Subject Keywords:Weapon systems, Arms races, Military strategy, Weapons, Bomber aircraft, Coefficients, Tact, Missiles, Mathematical models, Aircraft
Issue or Number:3
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ID Code:82365
Deposited By: Katherine Johnson
Deposited On:16 Oct 2017 17:14
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