Democracy and War

Democracy and War

Institutions, Norms, and the Evolution of International Conflict

eBook - 2005
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Conventional wisdom in international relations maintains that democracies are only peaceful when encountering other democracies. Using a variety of social scientific methods of investigation ranging from statistical studies and laboratory experiments to case studies and computer simulations, Rousseau challenges this conventional wisdom by demonstrating that democracies are less likely to initiate violence at early stages of a dispute. Using multiple methods allows Rousseau to demonstrate that institutional constraints, rather than peaceful norms of conflict resolution, are responsible for inhibiting the quick resort to violence in democratic polities. Rousseau finds that conflicts evolve through successive stages and that the constraining power of participatory institutions can vary across these stages. Finally, he demonstrates how constraint within states encourages the rise of clusters of democratic states that resemble "zones of peace" within the anarchic international structure.


Conventional wisdom in international relations maintains that democracies are only peaceful when encountering other democracies. Using a variety of social scientific methods of investigation ranging from statistical studies and laboratory experiments to case studies and computer simulations, Rousseau challenges this conventional wisdom by demonstrating that democracies are less likely to initiate violence in early stages of disputes.


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How do political leaders choose whether or not to use military force against other states? Through intensive qualitative and quantitative examination of case studies Rousseau (political science, U. of Pennsylvania) finds that domestic institutions and political norms heavily influence foreign policy decisions. He describes the role of "democratization" and to Cederman's "agent-based" model and examines how structural and normative forces can break down. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781423716655
1423716655
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 384 pages) : illustrations

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