By Philip D'Agati
The Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympic video games is defined because the results of a fancy sequence of occasions and rules that culminated in a strategic choice not to perform la. utilizing IR framework, D'Agati developes and argues for the concept that of surrogate wars as a substitute capacity for clash among states.
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As such, concepts and theories on war are pertinent to this study. 4 In his account for war, termed the expected utility of war, Bueno de Mesquita explains that war only occurs when the benefits from going to war outweigh the potential cost of the war. 5 Search for a Hidden Story 17 The expected utility of war is perhaps the best explanation for Soviet sports policy. As Chapter 3 will reveal, the Soviet Union had a history of attending only those sports competitions in which they could guarantee victory.
Most states or nations that conduct a sports policy do so on a domestic and an international front. Domestic sports policies include issues such as the building of sports stadiums, the incorporation of new sports leagues, sports programs, health education systems, and so on. International sports policy refers to the formal position of a state or nation with regard to its participation in international sports programs and competitions. A state needs neither domestic nor foreign sports policies to have the other, although it is rare for an international sports policy to be formulated without a prior domestic policy already in existence.
Competition therefore requires success to be contingent on the abilities of the competitors that would be a legacy of state policy. Strict rules for competition are required in surrogate wars because the concept of surrender does not readily exist in most examples of surrogate war. 18 In surrogate wars, surrender can be an outcome, but so can a structured stopping point, such as a length of time or a set point-total earned. Competitions, ultimately, must possess mutually accepted terms of victory to bolster the legitimacy of declared outcomes.