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Grasping the Democratic Peace : Principles for a Post-Cold War World - Bruce Russett

Grasping the Democratic Peace

Principles for a Post-Cold War World

Paperback Published: 19th December 1994
ISBN: 9780691001647
Number Of Pages: 192

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By illuminating the conflict-resolving mechanisms inherent in the relationships between democracies, Bruce Russett explains one of the most promising developments of the modern international system: the striking fact that the democracies that it comprises have almost never fought each other.

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"Russett finds this [the proposition that democracies do not fight each other] to be an extraordinarily robust conclusion... [The book] presents a challenge to realists while providing a rigorous undergirding to what has become a widespread view."--Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs "The ambition and scope of the study provides the illuminating and unexpected insights into the relationships between war and democracy."--Roland Dannreuther, Survival "The descriptive phase of scholarly research on the absence of war between democratic dyads has been largely completed, and attention is now shifting to alternative explanations for this well-confirmed empirical generalization. The best place to begin, both for a summary of the descriptive evidence and for an attempt to explain it, is Bruce Russett's Grasping the Democratic Peace."--Jack S. Levy, International Studies Review "In Grasping the Democratic Peace, Bruce Russett has published a powerful book clarifying the theoretical debate and producing additional support for the relative pacifism of democracies from previously untapped sources. The book will quickly claim a secure place in the literature for its insight and empirical originality. No student of international relations can fail to profit from a close read."---David A. Lake, The Journal of Politics "Bruce Russett's laudable book summarizes, dissects, and expands our understanding of the disinclination shown by democracies to fight each other, a finding that has spawned a minor cottage industry of analytic studies... the book combines rigor and relevance, maturity and originality..."--American Political Science Review

Preface (1995)
The Fact of Democratic Peacep. 3
The Emergence of Democratic Peace before World War Ip. 5
The Spread of Democratic Peacep. 9
Democracy, War, and Other Ambiguous Termsp. 11
Some Alleged Wars between Democraciesp. 16
Why Democratic Peace?p. 24
Alternative Explanationsp. 25
Democratic Norms and Culture?p. 30
Structural and Institutional Constraints?p. 38
Distinguishing the Explanationsp. 40
The Imperfect Democratic Peace of Ancient Greecep. 43
Democracy, Autonomy, and War in Ancient Greecep. 43
Who Fought Whom?p. 51
When and Why Did Democracies Fight Each Other?p. 54
Norms and Perceptionsp. 59
Appendix: Greek City-States in the Peloponnesian War
Their Domestic Regimes and Who They Foughtp. 63
The Democratic Peace since World War IIp. 72
Who and Whenp. 73
What Influences Conflict?p. 76
Democracy Mattersp. 84
Norms and Institutional Constraintsp. 86
Appendix: States and Their Political Regimes, 1946-1986p. 94
The Democratic Peace in Nonindustrial Societiesp. 99
Warfare and Participationp. 100
Participation Mattersp. 105
Some Examplesp. 111
Appendix: Codes for Political Decision-makingp. 115
The Future of the Democratic Peacep. 119
Covert Action against Other Democraciesp. 120
The Discourse at the End of the Cold Warp. 124
From the Inside Outp. 129
Strengthening Democracy and Its Normsp. 131
Can a Wider Democratic Peace Be Built?p. 135
Notesp. 139
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780691001647
ISBN-10: 0691001642
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 19th December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Type: Revised