ISBN-10:
0262633477
ISBN-13:
9780262633475
Pub. Date:
01/26/2007
Publisher:
MIT Press
Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War / Edition 1

Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War / Edition 1

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262633475
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/26/2007
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,225,377
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Edward D. Mansfield is Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Power, Trade, and War and International Conflict and the Global Economy.


Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations at Columbia University. He is the author of From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition; and The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914.


Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
The Perilous Path to the Democratic Peace     1
Reconciling the Democratic Peace with Accounts of Democratization and War     21
Explaining Turbulent Transitions     39
Data and Measures for Testing the Argument     69
Democratization and War: Statistical Findings     95
Democratizing Dyads and the Outbreak of War: Statistical Findings     139
Democratizing Initiators of War: Tracing Causal Processes     169
Tracing Trajectories of Democratization and War in the 1990s     229
Conclusion: Sequencing the Transition for Peace     265
Democratizing Countries that Experienced the Outbreak of External War, 1816-1992     285
Index of Persons     289
Index of Subjects     293
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs     303

What People are Saying About This

Fareed Zakaria

Everyone agrees that democracies make peace not war. But is that true? JAck Snyder and Edward Mansfield have posed the question and answered it with great rigor and sophistication. The result is an important book that describes a far more complicated relationship between democratization and peace than simple-minded rhetoric would suggest.

Joshua Cohen

Electing to Fight is an important book. With analytical power and historical depth, Mansfield and Snyder argue for a simple conclusion: democratization can be dangerous, even if democracy, once achieved, is a good thing. Scholars, journalists, politicians, and citizens all need to hear this message, and to heed it. If Mansfield and Snyder are right, then policies that rely on war to promote elections are bound to produce disaster.

Allan C. Stam

While the connections between democracy and peace are increasingly well understood, the process of transforming authoritarian regimes into liberal ones is inherently risky-both for the citizens of the states in question and for their neighbors. Mansfield and Snyder tackle one of the most profound foreign policy puzzles of our age: how to manage the process of political liberalization without creating unnecessary or unacceptable risks for the international community. This work will be of interest to scholars, students, and policymakers alike.

Cindy Skach

When, and how, does democratization increase the chances of war? No question is more important for domestic politics and international affairs in the twenty-first century. Mansfield and Snyder offer specific answers, combining statistical analyses with case studies to demonstrate the critical role played by domestic political institutions. The book provides the most comprehensive evidence on the topic to date. It is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the theory and practice of democracy.

Thomas Carothers

With notable analytic agility and rigorous empiricism Mansfield and Snyder dissect the popular policy nostrum that promoting democracy abroad promotes peace in the world. Their incisive work will help policymakers sterr clear of misleading, facile assumptions and impel scholars to dig deeper and think harder on a subject of critical contemporary importance.

Endorsement

American foreign policy has been based on the premise that democracy promotes peace. Electing to Fight conclusively shows, however, that democratization, when mishandled, leads to war. Its challenge to the conventional beliefs of scholars and politicians makes it one of the most important books on international affairs in recent decades.

Samuel P. Huntington, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, Harvard University

From the Publisher

When, and how, does democratization increase the chances of war? No question is more important for domestic politics and international affairs in the twenty-first century. Mansfield and Snyder offer specific answers, combining statistical analyses with case studies to demonstrate the critical role played by domestic political institutions. The book provides the most comprehensive evidence on the topic to date. It is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the theory and practice of democracy.

Cindy Skach, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University

While the connections between democracy and peace are increasingly well understood, the process of transforming authoritarian regimes into liberal ones is inherently risky-both for the citizens of the states in question and for their neighbors. Mansfield and Snyder tackle one of the most profound foreign policy puzzles of our age: how to manage the process of political liberalization without creating unnecessary or unacceptable risks for the international community. This work will be of interest to scholars, students, and policymakers alike.

Allan C. Stam, Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

Everyone agrees that democracies make peace not war. But is that true? JAck Snyder and Edward Mansfield have posed the question and answered it with great rigor and sophistication. The result is an important book that describes a far more complicated relationship between democratization and peace than simple-minded rhetoric would suggest.

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International

With notable analytic agility and rigorous empiricism Mansfield and Snyder dissect the popular policy nostrum that promoting democracy abroad promotes peace in the world. Their incisive work will help policymakers sterr clear of misleading, facile assumptions and impel scholars to dig deeper and think harder on a subject of critical contemporary importance.

Thomas Carothers, Directors, Democracy and Rule of Law Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

American foreign policy has been based on the premise that democracy promotes peace. Electing to Fight conclusively shows, however, that democratization, when mishandled, leads to war. Its challenge to the conventional beliefs of scholars and politicians makes it one of the most important books on international affairs in recent decades.

Samuel P. Huntington, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, Harvard University

Electing to Fight is an important book. With analytical power and historical depth, Mansfield and Snyder argue for a simple conclusion: democratization can be dangerous, even if democracy, once achieved, is a good thing. Scholars, journalists, politicians, and citizens all need to hear this message, and to heed it. If Mansfield and Snyder are right, then policies that rely on war to promote elections are bound to produce disaster.

Joshua Cohen, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of the Humanities and Head of the Department of Political Science, MIT

American foreign policy has been based on the premise that democracy promotes peace. Electing to Fight conclusively shows, however, that democratization, when mishandled, leads to war. Its challenge to the conventional beliefs of scholars and politicians makes it one of the most important books on international affairs in recent decades.

Samuel P. Huntington, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, Harvard University

Samuel P. Huntington

American foreign policy has been based on the premise that democracy promotes peace. Electing to Fight conclusively shows, however, that democratization, when mishandled, leads to war. Its challenge to the conventional beliefs of scholars and politicians makes it one of the most important books on international affairs in recent decades.

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