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The Resource Casualty aversion : political effects and implications, by Eli L. Evans

Casualty aversion : political effects and implications, by Eli L. Evans

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Casualty aversion : political effects and implications
Title
Casualty aversion
Title remainder
political effects and implications
Statement of responsibility
by Eli L. Evans
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This thesis examines the political effects of military casualties during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Political scientists and military theorists have generally assumed that the U.S. public exhibits high sensitivity to military casualties and will consequently not tolerate operations that result in high casualty rates. I hypothesize that this casualty sensitivity will vary depending on factors that motivated the operation in the first place: the public will tolerate casualties imposed by operations that protect vital national interests and will exhibit casualty aversion when faced with deaths caused by an operation that protects only a peripheral interest. I further hypothesize that this casualty sensitivity will be reflected in voting behavior; politicians will be more likely to win reelection when casualties are low and more likely to be ousted when casualty rates rise
  • I find that while the American public does exhibit sensitivity to casualties caused by both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, this sensitivity does not correspond with the relative importance of the motivating factors of those wars. I further find that while public opinion polls are affected by casualty rates, the negative response to casualties does not manifest itself in actual congressional voting results
Cataloging source
UPB
Dissertation note
"A University scholar project"--Brigham Young University, 2012.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
Label
Casualty aversion : political effects and implications, by Eli L. Evans
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Production
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 24-25)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
vi, 33 leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
UtOrBLW
Label
Casualty aversion : political effects and implications, by Eli L. Evans
Production
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 24-25)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
vi, 33 leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
UtOrBLW

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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