Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace

  title={Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace},
  author={Christopher Layne},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={49 - 5}
  • C. Layne
  • Published 23 January 1994
  • Political Science
  • International Security
I T h e theory of the “Democratic Peace” raises important theoretical issues:’ the contention that democratic states behave differently toward each other than toward nondemocracies cuts to the heart of the international relations theory debate about the relative salience of second-image (domestic politics) and of thirdimage (systemic structure) explanations of international political outcomes. Democratic peace theory has also come to have a real-world importance as well: Policymakers who have… 

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