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Juliet Kaarbo Publishes New Book

Juliet Kaarbo’s new book Coalition Politics and Cabinet Decision Making: A Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy Choices examines the dynamics of multiparty cabinets in parliamentary democracies in order to assess both the quality of coalition decision making and the degree to which coalitions tend to favor peaceful or aggressive solutions. Employing theory from security studies and political psychology as well as a combination of quantitative cross-national analyses and twelve qualitative comparative case studies of foreign policy made by coalition cabinets in Japan, the Netherlands, and Turkey, Kaarbo identifies the factors that generate highly aggressive policies, inconsistency, and other policy outcomes. Her findings have implications not merely for foreign policy but for all types of decision making and policy-making by coalition governments.

The book is published by the University of Michigan Press.

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