Exploring the political economy of alliances naturally led me to dive deeper into the politics of military alliance treaties. In particular, I wanted to better understand the most prominent alliance formed since 1945 (and the target for much of the political economy of alliances literature): the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Much like my research on the political economy of alliances, studying alliance politics is an excellent window through which to explore broader issues in international politics. These broader issues include the creation of treaties, the role of international organizations in international politics, and how states achieve cooperation under anarchy. Indeed, this was exactly the point made by Olson and Zeckhauser (1966, 266) in their classic work on alliances: they explicitly state at the beginning of their piece that they are using NATO to explore concepts applicable to international organizations in general.
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