Democracy and War: The End of an Illusion?

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Henderson (political science, Wayne State U.) uses the same basic research design of the democratic peace proposition (DPP) which contends that democracies rarely fight each other, are generally more peaceful than nondemocracies, and rarely experience civil war to challenge the validity of the DPP. His results indicate that democracy is not significantly associated with a decreased likelihood of international war, militarized disputes, or civil wars in postcolonial states. He finds that in war between states and nonstate actors, such as colonial and imperial wars, democracies in general are less likely but Western states, specifically, are more likely to become involved in this type of "extrastate" war. He argues that global peace will require more than a worldwide spread of democracy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Errol A. Henderson is associate professor of political science at Wayne State University. His recent articles include ""Clear and Present Strangers: The Clash of Civilizations and International Conflict"" and ""When States Implode: The Correlates of Africa's Civil Wars, 1950-92,"" and he is author of Afrocentrism and World Politics.

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"This excellent small book sheds new light on one of the most deeply researched areas in political science. Written in a clear style accessible to all readers, whether "statistically literate" or not, it should appeal to IR scholars, as well as to those in comparative politics.... For classes with sections devoted to the democratic peace, this is must reading for teachers and students alike." - Alan C. Stam

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