Representative Decision-Making: Challenges to Democratic Peace Theory

Cuhadar, Esra and Druckman, Daniel (2015). Representative Decision-Making: Challenges to Democratic Peace Theory. In Mauro Galluccio (Ed.), Handbook of International Negotiation: Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Diplomatic Perspectives (pp. 3-14) Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10687-8_1


Author Cuhadar, Esra
Druckman, Daniel
Title of chapter Representative Decision-Making: Challenges to Democratic Peace Theory
Title of book Handbook of International Negotiation: Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Diplomatic Perspectives
Place of Publication Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-10687-8_1
Open Access Status
ISBN 9783319106861
9783319106878
Editor Mauro Galluccio
Chapter number 1
Start page 3
End page 14
Total pages 12
Total chapters 30
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
An attempt is made in this chapter to evaluate hypotheses derived from democratic peace theory. The key tenet of this theory is that democratic nations do not go to war with other democracies. Thus, regime type drives decisions to pursue war. The research to date has focused attention on regime type. This study expands this focus by examining the influences of a variety of variables on decisions made by role players to mobilize for war. In addition to own and other’s regime type, we include motivational, readiness, and identity variables. Further, the study examines two types of decisions: response to threats of violence and response to a humanitarian crisis in another country. The results show that the other’s regime motivates decisions to go to war when that nation is autocratic. However, that decision is contingent on the severity of the threat and the spread of public support for the action. The other’s regime type is not a source of decisions to act in humanitarian crises. The key factor in that situation is spread of support for the action. Interestingly, one’s own regime type (democracy) is the most important influence on both types of decisions when the other nation is democratic. These findings expand and refine democratic peace theory as well as provide a basis for further research.
Keyword Democratic peace theory
Humanitarian crises
Regime type
Severity of threat
Spread of support
Violent threats
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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