A Review of Democracy, Peace, and Other Things
This chapter reviews extant literature on the democratic peace. After briefly summarizing the core propositions of the democratic peace, it presents a series of criticisms under four headings: (a) paradigmatic debates, (b) neglected issues related to covert interventions and democratization, (c) methodological predicaments, and (d) problematic assertions from rational choice theory. In response to its critics, the recent evolution and prospects of the democratic peace are covered as well. This chapter culminates in the suggestion that current scholarship on peace and conflict can benefit from a foreign policy decision-making process model that incorporates the four key elements noted at the outset of the book: (a) civil-military relations, (b) military manpower system, (c) diplomatic channels, and (d) media openness.
KeywordsForeign Policy Generalize Estimate Equation International Conflict Rational Choice Theory Economic Interdependence
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