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Domestic Political Considerations

States lack strong central authority have weak

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Unformatted text preview: relations with other democracies (elected governments, checks and balances, rule of law, free press, open media, political participation) Normative Argument – claim that there are shared ideas, norms, that bar the use of force against other democracies. Importance of diplomacy, individual rights, equality, self determination Critiques: Democracy relatively new things Small sample set for absence of war How do you determine what is a democracy? Perceptions of democracy (War of 1812) If institutions so great in constraining war, why do they go to war at all? Mansfield and Snyder Don’t take a side on fully- fledged democratic peace theory Primary contribution: During democratic transition, states in transition are more belligerent than fully- fledged democracies or fully fledged non- democracies Why? States lack strong central authority, have weak democratic institutions, and entrenched elites (losers under a new regime, want to hold onto power, whip up nationalism/ fervor) I told you so… Iraq War – should...
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