Day8_CubanMissileCrisis

Day8_CubanMissileCrisis - 1 Conceptual Models and The Cuban...

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Conceptual Models and The Cuban Missile Crisis What is Allison trying to do here? Explain state behavior (the Kennedy Administration’s actions/decision-making) during the Cuban Missile Crisis Develop broader conceptual models of state decision- making How do different models view this case?
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Three Models Model I: Rational Policy Model “Monoliths perform big actions for big reasons.” Black box model Ignores highly differentiated decision-making structure Fails to see how large acts sum of constituent parts Model II: Organizational Process Model Instead of “choices” outputs of large organizations with regularized patterns of behavior Identifies relevant organizations Demonstrates how patterns of org. behavior actions
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Three Models Model III: Bureaucratic Politics Model Focuses on internal politics of a government IR events are outcomes of various overlapping bargaining games among players in government Demonstrates perceptions, motivations, positions, power, maneuvers of key actors outcomes
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Rational Policy Model Defining the RPM Basic unit of analysis: unitary national government Assumed actors are value maximizers Most IR scholars proceed on assumption of rational
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