INR2001 12-1-08 - INR2001 12/01/08 DEMOCRATIZATION AS A...

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INR2001— 12/01/08 DEMOCRATIZATION AS A SOLUTION TO GLOBAL CONFLICT The democratic peace theory posits that because well established democratic states do not fight each other, the diffusion of democratic governments around the world will reduce the probability of war. Democracies tend to form durable peaceful alliances and are less likely to be attached by or lose a war with nondemocratic states. Behavioralism: correlates of war project (singer) 5 wars: War of 1812 Spanish American Way Mexican War WWI WWII SIX POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PEACE 1.) Democratic states are slow to go to war because of structural, institutional factors. Democracies commonly have multiple branches with checks and balances in place; this inefficiency makes them less likely to rush to war. Democracies are slow to go to war. 2.) Democratic states are accountable to the people via electoral systems. The public is slow to turn its attention to international matters and slow to anger. Since their
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