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US Democracy Promotion: Realist Reflections

Randall L. Schweller

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240973.003.0003
 US Democracy Promotion: Realist Reflections

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Offers an appraisal of the democratic peace theory from the perspective of both classical and structural realism. It argues that while democracy can ameliorate some of the causes of war cited by realists, it cannot entirely eliminate them, and that the validity of the democratic peace proposition seems to depend on democracies being prosperous, satisfied, and developed states.

Keywords: classical realism; democracy; democratic peace; prosperity; structural realism; war

Chapter.  11684 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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