PSCI3810.28JUN2007.Notes

PSCI3810.28JUN2007.Notes - 28JUN2007 Democratic Peace Why...

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28JUN2007 Democratic Peace Why war? -Power considerations still exist, even though they are decreasing -Failure of institutions Democratic peace -liberalism: democracy critical to promoting peace -key criterion for joining EU and NATO -key factors for World Bank, IMF, OECD, OAS The essential argument -No two democracies have fought one another, so democratic peace is the closest thing we have to empirical law in IR --except for the US and the Dominican Republic in 1965) -Clinton’s 1994 State of the Union --worldwide democracy a foreign policy goal US and Democracy Promotion -Liberal Grand Strategy -“It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do as well.” Key questions to guide -What is democracy? --Constraints on the executive --Competitive domestic politics --Strength of rules and institutions -Is democracy better than autocracy? -If so, should we promote democracy? -Is democracy at gunpoint a good policy? Patterns of Democratization -Before 1828, one democracy (USA) -First wave 1828-1926 -Second wave 1943-1962 --Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PSCI 3810 taught by Professor Erumsheikh during the Summer '08 term at North Texas.

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