The Flawed Logic of Democratic Peace Theory

@article{Rosato2003TheFL,
  title={The Flawed Logic of Democratic Peace Theory},
  author={Sebastian Rosato},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2003},
  volume={97},
  pages={585 - 602}
}
  • Sebastian Rosato
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Democratic peace theory is probably the most powerful liberal contribution to the debate on the causes of war and peace. In this paper I examine the causal logics that underpin the theory to determine whether they offer compelling explanations for the finding of mutual democratic pacifism. I find that they do not. Democracies do not reliably externalize their domestic norms of conflict resolution and do not trust or respect one another when their interests clash. Moreover, elected leaders are… 

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