Ballots and Bullets: The Elusive Democratic Peace

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Princeton University Press, Jul 30, 2000 - Political Science - 144 pages
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There is a widespread belief, among both political scientists and government policymakers, that "democracies don't fight each other." Here Joanne Gowa challenges that belief. In a thorough, systematic critique, she shows 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. Thus, no reason exists to believe that a democratic peace will survive the end of the Cold War. Since U.S. foreign policy is currently directed toward promoting democracy abroad, Gowa's findings are especially timely and worrisome.

Those who assert that a democratic peace exists typically examine the 1815-1980 period as a whole. In doing so, they conflate two very different historical periods: the pre-World War I and post-World War II years. Examining these periods separately, Gowa shows that a democratic peace prevailed only during the later period. Given the collapse of the Cold War world, her research calls into question both the conclusions of previous researchers and the wisdom of present U.S. foreign policy initiatives.

By re-examining the arguments and data that have been used to support beliefs about a democratic peace, Joanne Gowa has produced a thought-provoking book that is sure to be controversial.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
3
CHAPTER 2 Analytic Foundations of the Democratic Peace
12
CHAPTER 3 Legislators Voters and the Use of Force Abroad
28
CHAPTER 4 Reinterpreting the Democratic Peace
44
Comparing Two International Systems
68
CHAPTER 6 Explaining Relative DisputeRate Patterns
89
CHAPTER 7 Conclusion
109
References
115
Index
129
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Joanne Gowa is Professor of World Politics of Peace and War at Princeton University. She is the author of "Allies, Adversaries, and International Trade" (Princeton) and "Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods.

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