Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace

@article{Tomz2013PublicOA,
  title={Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace},
  author={Michael Tomz and Jessica L. P. Weeks},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2013},
  volume={107},
  pages={849 - 865}
}
One of the most striking findings in political science is the democratic peace: the absence of war between democracies. Some authors attempt to explain this phenomenon by highlighting the role of public opinion. They observe that democratic leaders are beholden to voters and argue that voters oppose war because of its human and financial costs. This logic predicts that democracies should behave peacefully in general, but history shows that democracies avoid war primarily in their relations with… 

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