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Chapter Four Ch. 4 Domestic Politics and War (2)
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Potential quiz questions Explain what interest groups are and why they may have disproportionate effects on policy. Explain the role of the Fed Chairman at the Federal Reserve. Which of the following would be considered an interest group in the United States? a. ExxonMobil, a United States oil company seeking profits b. The United States Department of State, which seeks better relations with other countries c. The Pentagon, which provides information to the president d. The Cuban American National Foundation, a Florida-based group seeking increased democracy in Cuba e. The Iraq Study Group, which prepared a research report on the 2003 Iraq War for the government.
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Potential quiz questions ANS: D REF: Page 134 KEY: Interest Groups
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US fiscal deficit – historical view
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Leaders’ incentives and war
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The Rally Effect and the Diversionary Incentive People “rally around the flag” because international conflicts can: Cause an increase in patriotism Ease criticism of the government Create a diversion from other problems Give leaders an opportunity to scapegoat or blame the country’s problems on foreigners
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The Rally Effect and the Diversionary Incentive At times, political leaders may face a diversionary incentive: A temptation to spark an international crisis in order to rally public support at home Gambling for resurrection: Taking a risky action, such as starting a war, when the alternative is certain to be very bad
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Political costs of war One reason we not see stronger evidence of diversionary incentives generating war: LARGE COSTS OF WAR HOW SO?
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200 leaders who went to war in past 2 centuries
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SPECIAL INTERESTS and WAR
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Do Countries Fight Wars to Satisfy the Military or Special Interest Groups? Though imperialism did not benefit Britain as a whole, it
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WorldPolitics_Chapter04_2_mon_feb_13 - Chapter Four Ch 4...

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