Title page for ETD etd-11072008-063508
|Type of Document
||Adcox, Wallace O.
||Force and the United States after Vietman :Allison applied
||Master of Arts
|Luke, Timothy W.
|Walcott, Charles E.
|Spiezio, Kim E.
|Date of Defense
Most studies of the use of conventional military
force by the United States in the twentieth century
tend to characterize the decision making process in
terms of a unitary state and a unitary presidential
decision maker. One alternative to this approach is
the Bureaucratic Politics paradigm proposed by Graham
Allison. To test the explanatory power of this
decision making model in the post-Vietnam era, this
thesis applies the specific propositions of Graham
Allison's "Governmental Politics Model" concerning the
use of military force, to selected case studies. In an
attempt to determine the explanatory power of Allison's
Governmental Politics model in the wake of Vietnam, this thesis draws on case studies ranging from the
Dominican Republic intervention to the recent invasion
of Panama. This thesis seeks to measure the theory to
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