Territorial Diversion: Diversionary Theory of War and Territorial Conflict

@article{Tir2010TerritorialDD,
  title={Territorial Diversion: Diversionary Theory of War and Territorial Conflict},
  author={Jaroslav Tir},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2010},
  volume={72},
  pages={413 - 425}
}
  • J. Tir
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
According to the diversionary theory of war, unpopular leaders generate foreign policy crises to both divert the public’s attention away from the discontent with their rule and bolster their political fortunes through a rally around the flag effect. I argue that the puzzling lack of clear empirical support for the theory may be due to the underspecification of the theoretical mechanism through which the public reacts to the particular issue at the center of the diversionary “crisis.” Because… 

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