Powerful Pacifists: Democratic States and War.

@article{Lake1992PowerfulPD,
  title={Powerful Pacifists: Democratic States and War.},
  author={David A. Lake},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={1992},
  volume={86},
  pages={24-37}
}
  • David A. Lake
  • Published 1992
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
Democracies are less likely to fight wars with each other. They are also more likely to prevail in wars with autocratic states. I offer an explanation of this syndrome of powerful pacifism drawn from the microeconomic theory of the state. State rent seeking creates an imperialist bias in a country's foreign policy. This bias is smallest in democracies, where the costs to society of controlling the state are relatively low, and greatest in autocracies, where the costs are higher. As a result of… Expand

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