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Unformatted text preview: line, sitting governments have increased incentives to fabricate external military conflicts to create
a 'rally around the flag' effect. Wang (1996), DeRouen (1995), and Blomberg, Hess, and Thacker (2006) find supporting evidence showing that
economic decline and use of force are at least indirectly correlated. Gelpi (1997), Miller (1999), and Kisangani and Pickering (2009) suggest that
the tendency towards diversionary tactics are greater for democratic states than autocratic states, due to the fact that democratic leaders are
generally more susceptible to being removed from office due to lack of domestic support. DeRouen (2000) has provided evidence
showing that periods of weak economic performance in the United States, and thus weak Presidential popularity, are statistically linked to an increase in the use of force Internal: Consumer Confidence Key to Economy
Consumer confidence is central to recovery
Indiviglio ’10 (Daniel, staff editor at TheAtlantic.com, Prior to joining The Atlantic, he wrote for Forbes. He...
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