Does Democracy Cause Peace

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Does Democracy Cause Peace? Does Democracy Cause Peace? Reader, pp. 70-74 Reader, pp. 70-74 The idea that democratic states have not fought and are not likely to fight interstate wars against each other runs counter to the realist and neorealist theoretical traditions that have dominated the field of international politics. Some critics argue that common interests during the Cold War have been primarily responsible for peace among democracies, but both statistical evidence and intuitive arguments cast doubt on that contention. It has also been argued that transitions to democracy can make states war-prone, but that criticism too has been responded to persuasively. The diverse empirical evidence and developing theoretical bases that support the democratic peace proposition warrant confidence in its validity.
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What is Democracy? What is Democracy? Democracy comes from the Greek word, “demos,” meaning people. In democracies, it is the people who hold sovereign power over legislator and government.
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Principles and Practices that Distinguish Principles and Practices that Distinguish Democratic Government and Other Forms Democratic Government and Other Forms of Government of Government Democracy is government in which power and civic responsibility are exercised by all citizens, directly or through their freely elected representatives. Democracy is a set of principles and practices that protect human freedom; it is the institutionalization of freedom. Democracy rests upon the principles of majority rule, coupled with individual and minority rights. All democracies, while respecting the will of the majority, zealously protect the fundamental rights of individuals and minority groups.
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Principles and Practices of Democracy Principles and Practices of Democracy Democracies guard against all-powerful central governments and decentralize government to regional and local levels, understanding that local government must be as accessible and responsive to the people as possible. Democracies understand that one of their prime functions is to protect such basic human rights as: freedom of speech and religion; the right to equal protection under law; and the opportunity to organize and participate fully in the political, economic, and cultural life of society.
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POLI 202 taught by Professor Bee-yatch during the Spring '11 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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