Defense allocations in eastern europe: Alliance politics and leadership change

Glenn Palmer, William M. Reisinger

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To investigate the influence of international and domestic factors on the defense spending of the East European members of the Warsaw Pact, we evaluate competing hypotheses of 1) intra-alliance dynamics and 2) the effect of changes in political leadership. We analyze data from 1965–1982, both pooled and for each state individually. We conclude that the defense spending of the Pact members does not go primarily toward the purchase of Pact-wide deterrence and that models based upon the public-goods approach have little explanatory power when applied to Eastern Europe. Additionally, we find that East European leadership changes produce only a small impact on military spending levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Interactions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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