Market Prosperity, Democratic Consolidation, and Democratic Peace

  title={Market Prosperity, Democratic Consolidation, and Democratic Peace},
  author={Michael Mousseau},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={472 - 507}
  • M. Mousseau
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
A model is introduced that yields a single parsimonious explanation for a diverse range of political phenomena, including the processes of democratic consolidation and peace among democratic nations. The model predicts democratic values to arise from the norms of contract that are endemic in developed market economies and yields the novel contingent claim that the peace among democratic nations may be a pattern limited to those democracies with developed economies. Analyses of a large number of… 

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