Can commonalities in political culture and identity drive states closer together in the long run and result in the formation of natural alliances? This dissertation discusses the possibility that states which share a common constructed identity can better coordinate their international agendas. In particular, it applies this natural alliance theory to the trans-Atlantic community and discusses the implications of a common constructed identity for the future of the partnership.
This document was submitted as a dissertation in June 2010 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Forrest Morgan (Chair), James Thomson, and Karl Mueller.
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