The Price of Protection: Explaining Success and Failure of US Alliance Burden-Sharing Pressure

  title={The Price of Protection: Explaining Success and Failure of US Alliance Burden-Sharing Pressure},
  author={Brian Blankenship},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={691 - 724}
Abstract Existing scholarship on alliance burden sharing focuses on explaining why smaller allies often undercontribute relative to their larger partners. However, the literature largely neglects the role played by great-power pressure in shaping burden-sharing outcomes. I argue that rather than being a product of rational free riding, allies’ defense efforts are often a response to their patron’s threat of abandonment. When a patron can more credibly threaten to reduce its protection, and when… 
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