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Economic burden-sharing in military alliances.

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Authors
Delp, Larry Eugene.
Subjects
Military Alliances
Economic Burden sharing
Theory of Collective goods
Advisors
Carrick, P.M.
Date of Issue
1973-09
Date
September 1973
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en_US
Abstract
It has been claimed that the United States is bearing a disproportionate share of the burden of the alliance system in which it is involved. In this thesis, two prominent concepts used for explaining military alliances, balance of power and the theory of collective goods , were studied to determine if they provide precise answers on the subject of burden-sharing. It was concluded that the balance of power philosophy is far too subjective to provide any precise answer. On the other hand, the theory of collective goods, as authored by Olson and Zeckhauser, yields the conclusion that a positive correlation exists between the size of a country's income and the size of its contribution to the alliance. However, their conclusion holds only when the alliance is in equilibrium and when their other assumptions are met. It is, therefore, of limited applicability.
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Thesis
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Department of Operations Research and Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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