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Democratic Peace notes

Political Science
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John Haines

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Lecture 1 1/11/11 Democratic Peace
Liberal democracies do not fight one another because they are democracies. The
nature of the regime makes it more peaceful
Nature of the regime of the state is most important
EU enlarging and embodying the democratic peace
Kant 1795 The Perpetual Peace
Pacific union slow establishment of this is more ideal than reality
Process of slowly expanding the democratic regime
Republican institution
Carl Dutch (?)
More intense and dense the relationship of 2 different countries, the less likely the 2
countries will go to war against each other
Intense relationship = peaceful relationship
Achieve this by abolishing defense infrastructure
Cultural/normadic model democratic values cultural norms and practices that
allow compromises and peaceful relationship applies to relationship with another
Norms and cultures are expected to apply to democracies doesnt apply to non-
liberal states, cant expect non-democratic dictators would have the same norms
Norms of compromise and peaceful accord
Solve problems with peaceful solutions
More stable the democracy is, stronger the norms are
Structural/institutional model domestic democratic constraints and structure
In a democracy, decisions to go to war are more difficult to make than in a
dictatorship, because of constraints and infrastructure
Leaders need to ensure popular support
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