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Unformatted text preview: , in sum, held that undesirable behavior elicits dispositional explanations (that is, reputation will form) and desirable behavior elicits situational explanations (that is, reputation may not form). According to Mercer, allies who stand firm (a desirable move from a state's point of view) will not get a reputation for being resolute, whereas allies who do not stand firm (an undesirable move) may get a reputation for being irresolute. By the same token, adversaries who stand firm (an undesirable move) may get a reputation for being resolute, whereas adversaries who do not stand firm (a desirable move) will not get a reputation for being irresolute . In essence, while disagreeing with the typical rational deterrence theory argument that reputation will always form, Mercer believes that reputation is nonetheless likely to form under certain circumstances (when adversaries stand firm and when allies back down). More evidence – credibility’s not a thing – states have externals incentive to presume resolve
Tang ‘5 Shiping Tang, associate research fellow and deputy director of the Center for Regional Security Stud...
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