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Reassuring the Reluctant WarriorsU.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention$
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Stefano Recchia

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452918

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452918.001.0001

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The Value of Multilateral Legitimacy

The Value of Multilateral Legitimacy

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(p.16) 1 The Value of Multilateral Legitimacy
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Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors
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Stefano Recchia

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452918.003.0002

This chapter analyzes the value of multilateral legitimacy to powerful countries—such as the United States—by studying three explanations. First, policymakers have internalized new international norms, and thus desire international organization (IO) approval and the resulting legitimacy out of a deep sense of moral obligation. Second, policymakers seek IO approval in order to reduce the risk of costly retaliation in the form of negative issue linkage. Finally, policymakers value IO approval as a means of strengthening domestic support for intervention, and reducing the Congress' ability to veto an intervention altogether. The chapter then builds on research about the role of domestic politics in U.S. military intervention decision making as a way to develop an alternative set of hypotheses.

Keywords:   multilateral legitimacy, policymakers, international norms, moral obligation, Congress, domestic politics, U.S. military intervention, international organization

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