Culture and Preferences in the International Cooperation Two-Step

  title={Culture and Preferences in the International Cooperation Two-Step},
  author={Jeffrey W. Legro},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={118 - 137}
  • Jeffrey W. Legro
  • Published 1 March 1996
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
Rational choice analyses of international cooperation have slighted the effect of state preference formation and the influence of cultural forces in that process. This article addresses these gaps by developing an explanation that specifies how organizational cultures of bureaucracies shape state aims and international outcomes. This approach is evaluated in a set of least likely cases—decisions on the use of force in war—where the conventional wisdom expects external material, not internal… 

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