By Errol A. Henderson

ISBN-10: 1588260763

ISBN-13: 9781588260765

Errol Henderson seriously examines what has been referred to as the nearest factor to an empirical legislation in global politics, the idea that of the democratic peace. Henderson exams types of the democratic peace proposition (DPP) - that democracies infrequently if ever struggle each other, and that democracies are extra peaceable typically than nondemocracies - utilizing the exact same information and statistical strategies as their proponents. In impact hoisting the thesis by itself petard, he unearths that the ostensible "democratic peace" has in truth been the results of a confluence of a number of tactics in the course of the post-World struggle II period. it sort of feels transparent, Henderson continues, that the presence of democracy is not often a guarantor of peace - and lower than definite stipulations, it will possibly even raise the chance of conflict. Henderson convincingly refutes the democratic peace proposition - utilizing the exact same facts and methods as its proponents.

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Given this conclusion, one has to question the effectiveness of a democratic enlargement strategy, whose aim is to pursue peace by assisting in the creation of what is the most bellicose type of states, democracies. To my mind, in order to better understand the motivation for war and the conditions that give rise to peace, scholars should focus on the interplay of political, economic, and cultural factors as they inform the decisions of leaders and their fellow citizens to go to war. 73 as a continuous variable or not) and that democracies are more likely to initiate interstate wars.

Following that, I provide an empirical analysis of the relationship between democracy and war, controlling for several political, economic, and cultural factors. After presenting the results, I discuss their research and policy implications. Finally, I conclude with a brief summary of the main points of the chapter. Democratic Imperialism and Democratic Peace The theoretical rationale for democratic involvement in extrastate wars draws mainly from the arguments regarding the prospects for democratic imperialism.

The exception is that the coefficient for Western is not significant. 5. Initiation data are from Bueno de Mesquita (1981), updated by the author. 6. The main difference between my findings that reject the monadic DPP and those of Leeds and Davis (1999) and Bennett and Stam (2000), who support it (without suffering from level of analysis problems), is likely due to their inattention to civilization factors. By controlling for civilization factors, one can more readily discern the impact of democracy qua democracy at the state level.

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