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Strategic non-cooperation as soft balancing: Why Iraq was not just about Iraq

dc.contributor.author Kelley, J
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-18T18:46:49Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06-01
dc.identifier.issn 1384-5748
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6649
dc.description.abstract Many commentators explain recent transatlantic rifts by pointing to diverging norms, interests and geopolitical preferences. This paper proceeds from the premise that not all situations of conflict are necessarily due to underlying deadlocked preferences. Rather, non-cooperation may be a strategic form of soft balancing. That is, more generally, if they believe that they are being shortchanged in terms of influence and payoffs, weaker states may deliberately reject possible cooperation in the short run to improve their influence vis-à-vis stronger states in the long run. This need not be due to traditional relative gains concern. States merely calculate that their reputation as a weak negotiator will erode future bargaining power and subsequently their future share of absolute gains. Strategic non-cooperation is therefore a rational signal of resolve. This paper develops the concept of strategic non-cooperation as a soft balancing tool and applies it to the Iraq case in 2002-2003. © 2005 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartof International Politics
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1057/palgrave.ip.8800105
dc.title Strategic non-cooperation as soft balancing: Why Iraq was not just about Iraq
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Kelley, J|0289627
pubs.begin-page 153
pubs.end-page 173
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Political Science
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 42
duke.contributor.orcid Kelley, J|0000-0002-1154-2943


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