Democracy And International Conflict

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Overview

In Democracy and International Conflict, James Lee Ray defends the idea, so optimistically advanced by diplomats in the wake of the Soviet Union's demise and so hotly debated by international relations scholars, that democratic states do not initiate war against one another and therefore offer an avenue to universal peace. Ray acknowledges that despite persuasive theoretical arguments and empirical evidence in favor of this idea, the democratic peace proposition is susceptible to attack on three points: the statistical rarity of both international wars and democracies; the difficulty in defining democracy; and the vulnerability of democratic regimes. To confront these criticisms, Ray offers a systematic analysis of regime transitions and a workable definition of democracy as well as careful scrutiny of cases in which democracies averted international conflict.
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Ray (political science, Florida State U.) defends the hotly debated thesis that democratic states do not initiate war against one another and therefore offer an avenue to universal peace. Responding to the major criticisms of this democratic peace proposition, Ray offers a systematic analysis of regime transitions and a workable definition of democracy, as well as a careful scrutiny of cases in which democracies averted international conflict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032417
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2009
  • Series: Studies in International Relations
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1 Theory and Research on the Democratic Peace Proposition 1
Ch. 2 Global Trends in Regime Transitions 47
Ch. 3 "Wars" between Democracies 86
Ch. 4 Case Studies, Covering Laws, and Causality 131
Ch. 5 Comparing the Fashoda Crisis and the Spanish-American War 158
Ch. 6 The Future of the Democratic Peace Proposition 201
References 213
Name Index 229
Subject Index 234
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