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Evolutionary Processes in World Politics

Puzzles of the Democratic Peace

Theory, Geopolitics and the Transformation of World Politics

Authors: Rasler, K., Thompson, W.

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Ever since the revival of Kant's Perpetual Peace thesis, the linkages between democracy and peace has been a central topic in international relations research, with sustained debate over whether it exists and if it does, why it does. In this stimulating volume, two leading IR scholars place the democratic peace debate within a broader context, including the extent of threats in international relations, degree of satisfaction with the status quo, the diffusion of democracy, and the rise of the trading state. Step by step, Thompson and Rasler examine the democratic peace through a series of puzzles concerning arguments at the dyadic, systemic, and individual state levels. Synthesizing a broad range of knowledge and linking islands of theory, Puzzles of the Democratic Peace provides a distinctive look at the state of the field and paths forward.

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WILLIAM R. THOMPSON and KAREN RASLER are both Professors of Political Science at Indiana University at Bloomington, USA.

Reviews

'This volume is extremely impressive. Its careful, well-balanced theoretical approach and its systematic empirical testing will quickly make it the gold standard for books on the democratic peace. Each chapter builds on the preceding chapter by testing important components of the new theory, building a mountain of empirical evidence in support of the new approach. Scholars will be engrossed by the sophisticated theoretical comparisons and the new synthesis that the authors advance.' - Jeffrey Pickering, Kansas State University


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Developing Perspective on Democratic Peace Phenomena

    Rasler, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 3-34

  • External Threat, Domestic Power Concentration, and Disputatious Foreign Policies

    Rasler, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 37-59

  • Questions of Regional Primacy

    Rasler, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 60-87

  • Path-Dependencies and Foreign Policy

    Rasler, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 91-112

  • Do Rivalries Trump Regime Type?

    Rasler, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 113-136

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Puzzles of the Democratic Peace
Book Subtitle
Theory, Geopolitics and the Transformation of World Politics
Authors
Series Title
Evolutionary Processes in World Politics
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8230-8
DOI
10.1057/9781403982308
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6824-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 271
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