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Puzzles of the Democratic Peace Theory, Geopolitics and the Transformation of World Politics

  • Authors
  • Karen Rasler
  • William R. Thompson

Part of the Evolutionary Processes in World Politics book series (EPWP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 3-34
  3. Contexts in Which Democracies Emerge: Chickens or Eggs?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 60-87
  4. The Relative Strength of Regime Types in Coercive Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 91-112
    3. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 113-136
    4. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 137-157
  5. The Systemic Context in Which Democracies Compete

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 161-177
    3. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 178-197
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Karen Rasler, William R. Thompson
      Pages 219-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 236-271

About this book

Introduction

Ever since the revival of Kant's Perpetual Peace thesis, the linkages between democracy and peace has been a central topic in international relations research, with sustained debate over whether it exists and if it does, why it does. In this stimulating volume, two leading IR scholars place the democratic peace debate within a broader context, including the extent of threats in international relations, degree of satisfaction with the status quo, the diffusion of democracy, and the rise of the trading state. Step by step, Thompson and Rasler examine the democratic peace through a series of puzzles concerning arguments at the dyadic, systemic, and individual state levels. Synthesizing a broad range of knowledge and linking islands of theory, Puzzles of the Democratic Peace provides a distinctive look at the state of the field and paths forward.

Keywords

geopolitics international relations Peace

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