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By Martin Sherman

An unequivocal endorsement of an assertive and resolute method of overseas coverage by means of democracies of their dealings with dictatorships. Drawing at the political writings of Kant, the explanation of Churchill's anti-appeasement coverage, and the main up to date empirical study in diplomacy, the writer forges a rigorous decision-theoretic version to account for the overseas interactions among despotic and democratic regimes. The model's validity is illustrated throughout a vast variety of historic examples, whereas its policy-oriented implications, are proven to have far-reaching outcomes for traditional perceptions of democratic deterrence posture and the protection dilemma.

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SPECIFYING THE IDEAL-TYPES AND ASSEMBLING THE MODEL General features The profound, complicated and often intangible texture of the material that constitutes the focus of the present inquiry has been already been acknowledged. This is a quality that evidently renders very difficult (if not impossible) any attempt to specifY valid criteria for the effective fine resolution between the myriad different possible variants which comprise the potential empirical spectrum of domestic regime/foreign policy combinations relevant to any inquiry into the field of linkage politics.

E. e. the degree of plurality) of the environment in which the decision(s) as to that outcome are made. e. the degree of plurality) of the decisionmaking environment- will be incorporated into the structure of the political decision-making model to be developed in the subsequent pages. Moreover, the essence of the mechanism by which these elements interact to generate decision behaviour will also be transposed into the models- namely, the determination of the choice preference by means of the interaction between an objective function and a constraint under the influence of the structure of the decision-making environment.

The scope is rather of far more restricted range. It is to explore the theoretical policy-making implications that derive from the properties stipulated in the model, and the consequent significance of these implications at the practical level of policy formulation and implementation. Moreover, in the specification of the theoretical ideal-types, I shall not strive for any originality but, restrict myself to the 'conventional wisdom' in this field. Thus, I shall include those characteristics generally considered to be 'typical' of the two regime typesY In this manner, I hope to avoid becoming sidetracked by superfluous controversy over whether some slightly less conventional property does indeed pertain to the democratic or dictatorial nature of a regime, and to keep attention sharply focused on the significance of those broadly agreed defining properties of democracies and dictatorships.

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