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Who Fights for Reputation$
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Keren Yarhi-Milo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181288

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181288.001.0001

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Bill Clinton and America’s Credibility after the Cold War

Bill Clinton and America’s Credibility after the Cold War

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Who Fights for Reputation

Keren Yarhi-Milo

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates the dispositional theory against the crisis decision making of President Bill Clinton. Of all the presidents studied in this book, Clinton comes closest to an ideal-type high self-monitor. A review of both quantitative and qualitative indicators of military assertiveness from before and during his presidency indicates that his beliefs about the efficacy of military force leaned toward the dovish side of the military assertiveness scale. Taken together, one should expect Clinton's crisis behavior to be consistent with that of a reputation believer. Because of his more dovish tendencies, Clinton did not seek out opportunities to show resolve and was at first reluctant to use force to demonstrate resolve; but once he sensed a loss of reputation, he was prepared to escalate with military force as the theory predicts.

Keywords:   dispositional theory, Bill Clinton, crisis decision making, military assertiveness, military force, reputation believer, reputation

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