A Review of Democracy, Peace, and Other Things

  • Seung-Whan Choi
  • Patrick James
Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)


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.


Foreign Policy Generalize Estimate Equation International Conflict Rational Choice Theory Economic Interdependence 
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© Seung-Whan Choi and Patrick James 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seung-Whan Choi
    • 1
  • Patrick James
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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