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Success and Failure in Limited WarInformation and Strategy in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq Wars$
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Spencer D. Bakich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226107684

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226107851.001.0001

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Information Institutions Matter!

Information Institutions Matter!

(p.234) Chapter Seven Information Institutions Matter!
Success and Failure in Limited War

Spencer D. Bakich

University of Chicago Press

This chapter summarizes the findings of the previous four empirical chapters and spells out the implications of the information institution approach for international relations theory and foreign policy. Four causal pathways generating the strategic outcomes of limited wars are identified. The information institution approach is shown to offer superior explanations for each of these outcomes than do either organizational culture theory or democratic civil-military relations theory. Additionally, the information institution approach is shown to offer more compelling explanations for these strategic outcomes than rationalist bargaining theory. In terms of theoretical implications, the information institution approach offers a more compelling understanding of the interaction between state-level organizations and political leaders than do traditional organizational theories. This approach also provides a firmer foundation for strategic choice theories of interstate conflict and cooperation. Finally, the relevance of the information institution approach to coercive diplomacy, executive decision-making styles, and interagency coordination is addressed.

Keywords:   Information, Institutions, Organizational culture, Civil-military relations, Bargaining theory, Strategic choice theory, Organizational theory, Coercive diplomacy, Decision-making, Interagency coordination

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