Democratic Transitions, Institutional Strength, and War

  title={Democratic Transitions, Institutional Strength, and War},
  author={Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={297 - 337}
The relationship between democratization and war has recently sparked a lively debate. We find that transitions from autocracy that become stalled prior to the establishment of coherent democratic institutions are especially likely to precipitate the onset of war. This tendency is heightened in countries where political institutions are weak and national officials are vested with little authority. These results accord with our argument that elites often employ nationalist rhetoric to mobilize… 

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