ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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All political-military coalitions endure internal centrifugal and centripetal forces that simultaneously act to bind and dissolve them, thus affecting their behavior. This paper examines the major internal forces of coalition dynamics under four broad categories interests, power and influence, rewards, and decision making. Interests are the heart of coalitions for it is the pursuit of interests that provides the catalyst of coalition formation. Individual member interests will never be identical either in kind or intensity, but a common purpose can and must be identified. Although the coalitions stated goals can be couched in relatively vague terms, each members interests cannot. Shared ideology, culture and institutional systems aid in coalition formation, but are not strong enough forces to predict formation, nor guarantee duration and success. Regardless of member composition, previous cooperative effort engenders future cooperative arrangements. Power within a coalition is never absolute. Although coalitions tend to be as small as possible to maximize each members power and expected reward, uncertainty and complexity will usually cause them to be larger than necessary.
- Government and Political Science