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Free Riders in spite of Themselves? Public Opinion, Elite Behavior, and Alliance Burden Sharing in Australia

Miller, Charles


Rational choice theories have claimed that small states exploit their large allies’ defense spending. However, little work has been done on the foundations of free riding at the levels of elite and public opinion. If smaller states free ride, it is unclear whether they are following the expressed wishes of their constituents or something else. Using a novel method for measuring public support for free riding in the Australian candidate and election studies together with Australian defense...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Public Opinion Research
DOI: 10.1093/ijpor/edv011


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