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Unformatted text preview: ls (such as economic growth) now that the overriding goal of national preservation has been largely secured? Global liberal democracy offers a coherent answer to both questions--a separate sphere of democratic peace on the one hand, and an expanding economic pie through greater international trade on the other. Debate regarding the accuracy of these answers, as well as the proper means to achieve those ends, promises to be fierce, as we are discussing nothing less than the appropriate grand strategy for the United States and its allies for the twenty-first century. Perhaps we should agree on the pertinent and recognizable features of liberal democratic transitions, then, before embarking on such a daunting task. A FREE MARKET SYSTEM AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT ARE IMPORTANT Ben Hunt, NQ, Democratization, International Relations,and U.S. Foreign Policy Contributing to the definitional confusion is the role of economic theory and practice. We are accustomed to muttering "free market system" and "democratic government" in the same breath, as if the two were simply sides of a single coin. And in fact, they are hardly separable, despite what our friends in Beijing might claim. The precepts of liberalism, when applied to the economic and political realms, yield open markets in the former and open elections in the latter. But just as many of the authors here point out a sharp distinction between the trappings of liberal democracy and its substance, so must we also make a distinction between the trappings of a liberal market system and its substance. For example, Indonesia has all the institutional prerequisites for a free market system, yet its economy in practice is light-years away from what the West would call liberal. LIBERAL DEMOCRACRACIES ARE LESS LIKELY TO FIGHT EACH OTHER Ben Hunt, NQ, Democratization, International Relations,and U.S. Foreign Policy 2000 A robust set of observations suggests that liberal democracies are just as likely to fight wars as nondemocracies, but that, statistically speaking, they are.pacifist toward each other (Russett 1993, and works cited therein). If true, then supporting democratic transitions serves a national security interest for the United States as well as a philanthropic one. By helping to estab...
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