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Who Fights for Reputation

Keren Yarhi-Milo


This book provides an original framework, based on insights from psychology, to explain why some political leaders are more willing to use military force to defend their reputation than others. Rather than focusing on a leader's background, beliefs, bargaining skills, or biases, the book draws a systematic link between a trait called self-monitoring and foreign policy behavior. It examines self-monitoring among national leaders and advisers and shows that while high self-monitors modify their behavior strategically to cultivate image-enhancing status, low self-monitors are less likely to chang ... More

Keywords: military force, self-monitoring, foreign policy behavior, reputation, political leadership, military engagement, public prestige, US presidents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691181288
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keren Yarhi-Milo, author
Princeton University