Ever since the revival of Kant's Perpetual Peace thesis, the linkages between democracy and peace has been a central topic in international relations research, with sustained debate over whether it exists and if it does, why it does. In this stimulating volume, two leading IR scholars place the democratic peace debate within a broader context, including the extent of threats in international relations, degree of satisfaction with the status quo, the diffusion of democracy, and the rise of the trading state. Step by step, Thompson and Rasler examine the democratic peace through a series of puzzles concerning arguments at the dyadic, systemic, and individual state levels. Synthesizing a broad range of knowledge and linking islands of theory, Puzzles of the Democratic Peace provides a distinctive look at the state of the field and paths forward.
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION - Developing Perspective on Democratic Peace Phenomena and Its Puzzles - PART II: CONTEXTS IN WHICH DEMOCRACIES EMERGE: CHICKENS AND/OR EGGS? - External Threat, Domestic Power Inequalities, and Disputatious Foreign Policies - Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Does Peace Precede Democracy in Questions of Foreign Policy Primacy? - PART III: THE RELATIVE STRENGTH OF REGIME TYPE IN COERCIVE CONTEXTS - Path Dependencies and Foreign Policy - Do Rivalries Trump Regime Type? - Do the Gods of War Really Favor Democracies? - PART IV: THE SYSTEMATIC CONTEXT IN WHICH DEMOCRACIES COMPETE - Have Democratic-Autocratic Rivalries Muddied the Monadic Waters? - Long-term Structural Change and Regime Type - Democratic Alliance Joining or Changing System Leader - Containment Strategies? - PART V: CONCLUSION - History, Geopolitics and the Selective Transformation of World Politics
WILLIAM R. THOMPSON and KAREN RASLER are both Professors of Political Science at Indiana University at Bloomington, USA.