Do Rivalries Trump Regime Type?

  • Karen Rasler
  • William R. Thompson
Part of the Evolutionary Processes in World Politics book series (EPWP)


While democratic peace questions have generated a large number of empirical findings, the ratio of questions still unresolved to those that have attained some degree of resolution remains high. Many of these questions are quite interesting but they are also contingent to varying degrees on the disagreements about why there might be a democratic peace. As long as the theoretical debate persists, ancillary questions about the role of regime type will continue to proliferate. One possibility is that we are simply forcing democracy to shoulder too much of the causal burden in accounting for pacific propensities. More peaceful communities may be emerging but it may not be solely, or even primarily, attributable to the types of regimes they possess.


Common Interest Regime Type Democratic State Major Power Rivalry Process 
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© Karen Rasler and William R. Thompson 2005

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  • William R. Thompson

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