Democracy and armed conflict

  title={Democracy and armed conflict},
  author={H{\aa}vard Hegre},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={159 - 172}
  • H. Hegre
  • Published 10 January 2014
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Peace Research
The article reviews the literature on the relationship between democracy and armed conflict, internal as well as interstate. The review points to several similarities between how democratic institutions affect both conflict types. It summarizes the main empirical findings and discusses the most prominent explanations as well as the most important objections raised to the finding, empirically and theoretically. To a large degree, the empirical finding that pairs of democratic states have a lower… 
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