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IR Notes from Week of 3/28

by: Caylin Enoch

IR Notes from Week of 3/28 PSCI 2223

Caylin Enoch

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Covers democratic peace.
Introduction to International Relations
Dr. Jaroslav Tir
Class Notes
international relations, political science
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Caylin Enoch on Wednesday March 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSCI 2223 at University of Colorado at Boulder taught by Dr. Jaroslav Tir in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Introduction to International Relations in Political Science at University of Colorado at Boulder.


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Date Created: 03/30/16
Lecture  Notes  3/28/16  &  3/30/16     Liberal Approaches: • Regime Type: Democratic Peace o Democracies rarely fight each other o Level of analysis: Dyadic à relationship between two democracies § Democracies do fight, just not often one another o What is the causal mechanism? § Institutional Explanation ú Democracies set up in a different way ú Voters opinions matter ú Separation of powers that do not allow for instantaneous military action ú Broader array of domestic actors must be satisfied before going to war ú Public has voice: can express if they don’t want to pay war costs § Cultural/Normative Explanation ú Conflicts solved without the use of force ú Democracies are more skilled at handling situations without use of force ú Negotiations           -­‐Can  trust  the  other  side’s  peaceful  negotiations   § Office retention priority ú Dem leaders hesitant to start wars ú Dem leaders fight back viciously • Critical Explanations of Democratic Peace Theory o Democracy is rare/the pattern is accidental o Democracies tend to be allies o Reverse Causality § Peaceful countries tend to be democracies, not the other way around o Territorial Peace Explanation § Countries that are secure in their territory tend to be peaceful  


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