Toward a Continuous Specification of the Democracy–Autocracy Connection

  title={Toward a Continuous Specification of the Democracy–Autocracy Connection},
  author={D. Scott Bennett},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
  • D. S. Bennett
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Political Science
  • International Studies Quarterly
It has recently been argued that apparent peace between democracies may be the result of political similarity rather than joint democracy, and that there may exist an “autocratic peace” which is similar to the democratic peace. If political similarity generally is the cause of peace rather than joint democracy specifically, then the democratic peace is merely a statistical artifact that follows from separating out a selected subset of data. In addition, we do not know whether the autocratic… 

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