In a World of Cannibals Everyone Votes for War: Democracy and Peace Reconsidered

  • Murray Wolfson
  • Patrick James
  • Eric J. Solberg
Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 64)


Among the many ideas about international relations, the hypothesis of peace among democracies is most unusual in both the degree and rate of agreement that it has achieved. Levy (1989) asserts that peace between democracies is regarded as the closest existing approximation to a law of international politics. Cohen (1994, 207) confmns that description: “Believing the facts of the matter to have been established, theorists have moved on to seek the causal mechanism generating the phenomenon.” Russett (1990, 1993) adds caveats about possible confounding causes but clearly endorses common ideals and parliamentary institutions as the primary explanations of peaceful democratic dyads. The fundamental idea is that Kant had the right idea a very long time ago: liberal internal political institutions form the basis for a peaceful world order of external relations between states (Doyle 1983, 1986; Kant 1971).


Free Trade Political Institution Indifference Curve Democratic Country Perfect Competition 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Murray Wolfson
    • 1
  • Patrick James
    • 2
  • Eric J. Solberg
    • 3
  1. 1.California State University-FullertonUSA
  2. 2.Iowa State UniversityUSA
  3. 3.California State University-FullertonUSA

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