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R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

  • Explains how Rummel's work on the democratic peace is key to the understanding of international relations in the post-Cold War era

  • Reveals the unrivaled comprehensiveness of his data collection and his work on a broad conception of genocide and politicide

  • Presents original contributions by well-known scholars

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice (BRIEFSPIONEER, volume 37)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. R.J. Rummel—A Multi-faceted Scholar

    • Nils Petter Gleditsch
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. Dad

    • Dawn Akemi
    Pages 17-23Open Access
  4. Rummel as a Great Teacher

    • Sang-Woo Rhee
    Pages 35-39Open Access
  5. Contextualizing Rummel’s Field Theory

    • Richard W. Chadwick
    Pages 41-52Open Access
  6. R.J. Rummel, Nuclear Superiority, and the Limits of Détente

    • Matthew Kroenig, Bardia Rahmani
    Pages 57-66Open Access
  7. Understanding Conflict and War: An Overlooked Classic?

    • James Lee Ray
    Pages 75-85Open Access
  8. Rummel and Singer, DON and COW

    • Frank Whelon Wayman
    Pages 87-96Open Access
  9. Regime Type Matters

    • H.-C. Peterson
    Pages 97-106Open Access
  10. Democracy as a Method of Nonviolence

    • Erica Chenoweth
    Pages 107-115Open Access
  11. The Comparative Analysis of Mass Atrocities and Genocide

    • Barbara Harff
    Pages 116-125Open Access
  12. Curriculum Vitae and Publications

    • Rudolph J. Rummel
    Pages 127-138Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 133-138

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY license.

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the Cold War, his views on genocide and the democratic peace in particular have gained wide recognition in the profession. He was also a pioneer in the use of statistical methods in international relations. His work in not easily classified in the traditional categories of international relations research (realism, idealism, and constructivism). He was by no means a pacifist and his views on the US-Soviet arms race led him to be classified as a hawk. But his work on the democratic peace has become extremely influential among liberal IR scholars and peace researchers. Above all, he was a libertarian.


  • Genocide
  • Democracy
  • Libertarianism
  • Rummel's Field Theory
  • Democratic Peace
  • Cold War
  • Democide
  • Collective violence
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) , Oslo, Norway

    Nils Petter Gleditsch

Bibliographic Information

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