Democracy and War

Democracy and War : The End of an Illusion?

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Errol Henderson critically examines what has been called the closest thing to an empirical law in world politics, the concept of the democratic peace. Henderson tests two versions of the democratic peace proposition (DPP) - that democracies rarely if ever fight one another, and that democracies are more peaceful in general than nondemocracies - using exactly the same data and statistical techniques as their proponents. In effect hoisting the thesis on its own petard, he finds that the ostensible "democratic peace" has in fact been the result of a confluence of several processes during the post-World War II era. It seems clear, Henderson maintains, that the presence of democracy is hardly a guarantor of peace - and under certain conditions, it may even increase the probability of war. Henderson convincingly refutes the democratic peace proposition - using exactly the same data and techniques as its proponents.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 175 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588260518
  • 9781588260512

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"This excellent small book sheds new light on one of the most deeply researched areas in political science. Written in a clear style accessible to all readers, whether "statistically literate" or not, it should appeal to IR scholars, as well as to those in comparative politics.... For classes with sections devoted to the democratic peace, this is must reading for teachers and students alike." - Alan C. Stamshow more

About Errol Anthony Henderson

Errol A. Henderson is associate professor of political science at Wayne State University. His recent articles include "Clear and Present Strangers: The Clash of Civilizations and International Conflict" and "When States Implode: The Correlates of Africa's Civil Wars, 1950-92," and he is author of Afrocentrism and World Politics.show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS: The Democratic Peace: Strong Statistics, Weak Theory. Are Democracies Unlikely to Fight Each Other? Are Democracies More Peaceful than Non-Democracies? The Democratic Peace and Extrastate Wars. The Democratic Peace and Civil Wars. An Alternative Explanation of the Postwar "Democratic Peace." The Democratic Peace: A Great Illusion?show more