DP6741 The Alliance Formation Puzzle and Capacity Constraints

Author(s): Kai A. Konrad, Dan Kovenock
Publication Date: March 2008
Keyword(s): Alliance formation puzzle, budget constraints, military conflict
JEL(s): D72, D74
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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The formation of an alliance in conflict situations is known to suffer from a collective action problem and from the potential of internal conflict. We show that budget constraints of an intermediate size can overcome this strong disadvantage and explain the formation of alliances.