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By David L. Rousseau

Traditional knowledge in diplomacy keeps that democracies are just peaceable while encountering different democracies. utilizing numerous social clinical equipment of research starting from statistical stories and laboratory experiments to case stories and machine simulations, Rousseau demanding situations this traditional knowledge by way of demonstrating that democracies are much less prone to begin violence at early levels of a dispute. utilizing a number of equipment permits Rousseau to illustrate that institutional constraints, instead of peaceable norms of clash answer, are liable for inhibiting the fast inn to violence in democratic polities. Rousseau unearths that conflicts evolve via successive levels and that the constraining strength of participatory associations can fluctuate throughout those phases. eventually, he demonstrates how constraint inside of states encourages the increase of clusters of democratic states that resemble "zones of peace" in the anarchic foreign constitution.

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For example, the statistical results in Chapter 2 support the dyadic proposition that democracies are less likely to use force against fellow democracies. This raises an interesting question: why didn’t the presence of joint democracy inhibit the escalation of conflict between Ecuador and Peru in the 1980s? Each case study has been selected for two reasons: a micro-objective and a macro-objective. The micro-objective of each case study is to explore theoretical and empirical issues arising in each chapter (for example, constraint in autocracies in Chapter 4 and normative constraints in democracies in Chapter 5).

02-S3154 1/27/05 7:45 AM Page 18 ch apter The Impact of Institutions and Norms in International Crises 2 according to both classical and structural realism, systemic forces associated with the distribution of power among states are the primary determinants of state behavior (Morgenthau 1973; Waltz 1979; Doyle 1997). Realists assume that states resemble unitary rational actors in pursuit of a single overriding objective: survival and security in an anarchic system. The strenuous demands of the international system lead all states to behave in a similar fashion regardless of their particular political institutions, economic structure, ideological orientation, or leadership quality.

However, there is uncertainty surrounding which strategy will be adopted by any particular state. Second, domestic institutional structures reduce (but do not eliminate) this uncertainty by signaling a state’s most likely strategy. Due to the potential domestic costs of using force, decision makers believe that democracies are more likely than nondemocracies to adopt “dovish” strategies. Third, when a democracy confronts another democracy, each expects a negotiated outcome and restraint on the use of force.

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