Democratic Peace Research: Whence and Whither?

  title={Democratic Peace Research: Whence and Whither?},
  author={John M. Owen},
  journal={International Politics},
  • John M. Owen
  • Published 9 December 2004
  • Political Science
  • International Politics
The democratic peace has become a topic about which every IR scholar must hold an opinion. Empirical and theoretical scepticism about the peace endures, but the consensus seems to be that it is real and only needs explaining. Predictably, rationalists and constructivists, broadly defined, differ on what causes the peace: rationalists now emphasize how democracies reveal more information; constructivists, how they adhere to distinctive norms. Although strictly speaking, the democratic peace does… 

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