The Militant Face of Democracy: Liberal Forces for Good

The Militant Face of Democracy: Liberal Forces for Good

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Cambridge University Press, 2013-10-10
EAN 9781107037403, ISBN10: 1107037409

Hardcover, 397 pages, 23 x 22.8 x 15.4 cm

Democratic peace theory - the argument that democracies very rarely go to war with each other - has come under attack recently for being too naïve and for neglecting the vast amount of wars fought by democracies, especially since the end of the Cold War. This volume offers a fresh perspective by arguing that the same norms that are responsible for the democratic peace can be argued to be responsible for democratic war-proneness. The authors show that democratic norms, which are usually understood to cause peaceful behaviour, are heavily contested when dealing with a non-democratic other. The book thus integrates democratic peace and democratic war into one consistent theoretical perspective, emphasising the impact of national identity. The book concludes by arguing that all democracies have a 'weak spot' where they would be willing to engage militarily.

Advance praise: 'Focusing on the dark side of the democratic peace, this book inquires into the ambivalences that have arisen when democracies fight non-democracies. Focusing on different types of war since the end of the Cold War, this theoretically self-conscious, well-designed, data-rich, methodologically sophisticated, tightly argued and morally nuanced book opens up a new avenue for research that both enriches and unsettles the conventional wisdom. Its conclusions pose important intellectual challenges that will influence international relations research and graduate instructions for years to come.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr Professor of International Studies, Cornell University