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The SUPPMIL project investigates the drivers of individual politicians and political parties’ support for United Nations and NATO military operations abroad.

Projektbeschreibung

Unterstützungskriterien für UN- und Nato-Militäreinsätze

Nationale Parteien und einzelne Parlamentarier vertreten oft unterschiedliche Positionen gegenüber der UNO und der NATO. Das EU-finanzierte Projekt SUPPMIL setzt einen multimethodischen Ansatz ein, um dies zu erklären, indem es quantitative Textanalysen und Untersuchungen von Fallstudien verbindet. Die quantitative Textanalyse umfasst 30 Jahre parlamentarischer Debatten in Deutschland, Italien, Kanada, dem Vereinigten Königreich und den Vereinigten Staaten sowie Diskussionen im UN-Sicherheitsrat und im Nordatlantikrat. Sie zielt darauf ab, die theoretische Debatte über die Unterstützungskriterien für militärische Einsätze zu vertiefen. Die Fallstudien zu zwei UN-Einsätzen, in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und im Libanon, und zwei NATO-Einsätzen, in Afghanistan und im Kosovo, werden neue Erkenntnisse über die Rhetorik und das Verhalten von Staaten und Parteien liefern.

Ziel

Why do national political parties and individual members of parliament (MPs) adopt different attitudes towards UN and NATO operations? To tackle this question, the project adopts a multi-method approach and brings together quantitative text analysis and case-studies investigation. First, the quantitative text analysis addresses thirty years of parliamentary debates in Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, and US, and discussions in the UN Security Council (UNSC) and in the North Atlantic Council. Second, the project entails case studies on two UN missions, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon and two NATO missions, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Results of the multi-method analysis enrich the theoretical debate about the factors that explain levels of support for military missions: the elaboration and the empirical testing of two unified theories for MPs and political parties’ positions on armed interventions abroad is a key innovative contribution. Second, the case-studies analysis provides novel insights about states and parties’ rhetoric and behaviour, contributing to relevant academic debates on international norms, rhetorical political analysis, and organised hypocrisy. The theoretical implications range from the political salience of different missions to the discrepancies of Foreign Policy positions over the domestic-international divide. In addition, the project provides significant methodological improvements. The combination of quantitative with qualitative text-analysis tools offers intriguing insights about the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches and about the potential for their interaction. Finally, the project aims at refining the rigorousness of Bayesian process tracing, building systematic rules to assign different causal weights to different observations. In this context, the employment of MPs’ personal characteristics and institutional roles to establish such rules seems a promising path.

Koordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Netto-EU-Beitrag
€ 271 732,80
Adresse
KIRBY CORNER ROAD UNIVERSITY HOUSE
CV4 8UW COVENTRY
Vereinigtes Königreich

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Gesamtkosten
€ 271 732,80

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