Ballots and Bullets: The Elusive Democratic Peace

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"This book is an important contribution to the evolving literature on the democratic peace. Gowa demonstrates that the absence of war among democracies is a recent phenomenon at best, and one that is due more to shared strategic interests than to common domestic characteristics. Her analysis also suggests that promoting democracy, is a dubious foundation for contemporary U.S. foreign policy."—Stephen Walt, University of Chicago

"In the 1990s, the democratic peace, has been influential in guiding U.S. policymakers as well as scholars of international relations. In this elegantly argued and well-researched book Joanne Gowa focuses with laser-like precision on the arguments underlying received wisdom and brilliantly calls them into question. Ballots and Bullets argues that the democratic peace is just as exceptional as the Cold War that gave rise to it. Those interested in contemporary U.S. diplomacy and international relations theory will debate vigorously this challenging and important book."—Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

"The democratic peace hypothesis has generated scholarly battles and steady scientific progress over a quarter century. Yet, in Ballots and Bullets, Joanne Gowa has built a compelling case that we posed the question and constructed the analyses incorrectly from the start—that in fact the democratic peace is merely an artifact of the Cold War. For policymakers, the stakes are extremely high. For scholars, the battle has just begun anew."—Gary King, Harvard University, and author of A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data

"This is a depressingly good book. One of the few robust empirical relations we thought we had in international relations was that democratic states rarely if ever fight each other. In this provacative book, Professor Gowa undermines the democratic peace-thesis and offers a more persuasive interest-based alternative that fits the data better. This book has important theoretical and policy implications."—Robert Powell, University of California, Berkeley

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Gowa has come out with the most important and sustained critique of [the democratic-peace argument]. . . . This book will spark valuable discussion as the post cold-war world tests both the democratic-peace argument and Gowa's alternative.
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"Gowa has come out with the most important and sustained critique of [the democratic-peace argument]. . . . This book will spark valuable discussion as the post cold-war world tests both the democratic-peace argument and Gowa's alternative."—Foreign Affairs
Challenges the belief that democracies don't fight each other, showing that while democracies were less likely than other states to engage each other in armed conflicts between 1945 and 1980, they were just as likely to do so as were other states before 1914. Examines the pre-WWI and post-WWII periods separately to demonstrate that a democratic peace prevailed only during the later period, and discusses implications for the post-Cold War period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691070223
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Analytic Foundations of the Democratic Peace 12
Ch. 3 Legislators, Voters, and the Use of Force Abroad 28
Ch. 4 Reinterpreting the Democratic Peace 44
Ch. 5 Interests and Alliances: Comparing Two International Systems 68
Appendix 5.A Major-Power Alliance Dyads, 1870-1903 88
Appendix 5.B Major-Power Alliance Dyads, 1946-1961 88
Ch. 6 Explaining Relative Dispute-Rate Patterns 89
Ch. 7 Conclusion 109
References 115
Index 129
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