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Ballots and Bullets : The Elusive Democratic Peace

Ballots and Bullets : The Elusive Democratic Peace - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691070223

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ISBN13: 978-0691070223
ISBN10: 0691070229
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1999
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Ballots and Bullets : The Elusive Democratic Peace - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691070223

Joanne Gowa

ISBN13: 978-0691070223
ISBN10: 0691070229
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

There is a widespread belief, among both political scientists and government policymakers, that "democracies don't fight each other." Here Joanne Gowa challenges that belief. In a thorough, systematic critique, she shows that, while democracies were less likely than other states to engage each other in armed conflicts between 1945 and 1980, they were just as likely to do so as were other states before 1914. Thus, no reason exists to believe that a democratic peace will survive the end of the Cold War. Since U.S. foreign policy is currently directed toward promoting democracy abroad, Gowa's findings are especially timely and worrisome. Those who assert that a democratic peace exists typically examine the 18151980 period as a whole. In doing so, they conflate two very different historical periods: the preWorld War I and postWorld War II years. Examining these periods separately, Gowa shows that a democratic peace prevailed only during the later period. Given the collapse of the Cold War world, her research calls into question both the conclusions of previous researchers and the wisdom of present U.S. foreign policy initiatives. By reexamining the arguments and data that have been used to support beliefs about a democratic peace, Joanne Gowa has produced a thoughtprovoking book that is sure to be controversial.

Author Bio

Gowa, Joanne : Princeton University

Joanne Gowa is Professor of World Politics of Peace and War at Princeton University. She is the author of Allies, Adversaries, and International Trade (Princeton) and Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods.

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