CLASSICS 1M03 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-6: Information Overload, Democratic Peace Theory

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Political science 1ab3 2017 lecture 4a democratic peace theory. Democratic peace theory (see the article by rosato (on the syllabus)), from whom this discussion is taken): According to proponents of this theory, a simple study of the empirical evidence reveals the following pattern: democracies do not go to war against other democracies. Democracies do go to war against non-democracies, but not against each other. There may be a correlation between democratic states and peace but correlation does not prove causation. Any hypothesized cause must be able to, at the same time, explain why democracies will go to war against non-democracies. Modern scholars have posed two different types of explanation for the democratic peace: Democracy reinforces and institutionalizes the norm that conflicts should be resolved peacefully rather than through force: using dialogue, persuasion, and compromise. Democratic leaders are socialized into solving disagreements without the use of violence.

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