Democracy, Peace, and War

Dan Reiter and Allan C. Stam

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Democracy, Peace, and War

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This article discusses how variations in domestic political institutions affect the foreign policy behaviour of states. Although scholars have not agreed on a single theory of how institutions affect foreign policy, they do agree on the general framework. The sections in this article help lay out that general framework, and provide some specific theories that express different visions of how exactly domestic politics affect matters of war and peace.

Keywords: political institutions; domestic; variations; foreign policy behaviour; general framework; war and peace

Article.  5451 words. 

Subjects: International Relations ; Comparative Politics

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