POL208Y1 Study Guide - Final Guide: Bandwagoning, Hegemony, Unequal Exchange

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12 Mar 2020

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Alliances are institutions that help their members cooperate militarily in the event of war. They specify standards of behavior, or expectations about how states are to behave under certain conditions. They may include provisions for monitoring and verifying each member"s compliance and procedures for joint decision-making. They also codify bargains between their members that settle distributional issues, such as how much each member will contribute to the common cause. They form when states" interests are aligned to an extent that they may be willing to fight on each other"s behalf. Two main types of alliances - offensive and defensive. offensive alliance - an agreement by which states pledge to join one another in attacking a third state. Defensive alliance - states pledge to come to one another"s defense in the even that ether is attacked. Other are highly asymmetric, typically because one of the members is much more powerful than others.

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