Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

The Domestic Politics of Nuclear Choices—A Review Essay

  • Elizabeth N. Saunders
| Fall 2019


Despite the abundance of recent scholarship on the domestic politics of states’ nuclear decisionmaking, a systematic accounting for when and how newly identified mechanisms affect nuclear choices is missing. Domestic politics play a significant role under two conditions: when uncertainty over the nature and intensity of a threat is high, and when leaders are incentivized to centralize nuclear policymaking.

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Elizabeth N. Saunders, “The Domestic Politics of Nuclear Choices—A Review Essay,” International Security, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Fall 2019), pp. 146–184,

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