All International Politics is Local
The Diffusion of Conflict, Integration, and Democratization
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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1. Zones of Peace, Conflict, and Democracy
The field of international relations focuses on the political, economic, social, and cultural relations among societies and states. This book is about changes in these relations, in particular how peace and conflict coevolve with the emergence of democratic governance and integration among states...
2. A Regional Approach to Conflict, Integration, and Democratization
In this chapter, I seek to explain how some regional clusters in the international system develop interactions in which the use of violent conflict seems inconceivable while states in other parts of the system seem unable to escape from protracted conflict and perpetual insecurity. Figure 2.1 presents an overview of my argument. This heuristic device depicts the potential linkages between three conceptual factors...
3. Empirical Data, Measurement, and Methods
This chapter addresses issues of data and measurement that arise in analyzing the hypotheses outlined in chapter 2. I first delimit the domain of the analysis. I then explain in greater detail how I derive measures of local or regional context based on the minimum distances among polities. I review the theoretical rationale for the particular sources of data used as indicators of the concepts...
4. Do Zones of Democracy and Peace Coevolve?
In chapter 1, I showed that democracy and autocracy as well as armed conflict and peace cluster in regional zones. In chapter 2, I argued that a regional perspective provides a more useful approach to linkages between domestic institutions and conflict than purely monadic or dyadic perspectives do. In this chapter, I test whether zones of democracy and autocracy go together with differences in regional conflict and peace...
5. Deutschian Integration and the Democratic Peace
In chapter 4, I presented evidence indicating that zones of democracy go together with zones of peace. There is also a clear tendency for a decline in the likelihood of conflict following changes toward greater democracy within regions. Taken together, the findings indicate considerable support for the idea that zones of democracy coevolve with zones of peace...
6. Wealth, Conflict, and the Diffusion of Democracy
In this chapter, I will examine how various factors influence political structures and the likelihood that states will experience political change. Whereas most previous analyses have focused on the relationship between political institutions and attributes and processes internal to countries, the international dimensions of democratization will figure prominently in this chapter...
7. Conclusions and Implications
In chapter 1, I argued that regional interdependence and regional variation lie at the heart of world politics. There is a strong regional or geographical dependence among the states and actors that conduct what we call international relations and that we compare in cross-national research. Theories relating domestic attributes to conflict and cooperation again imply that local heterogeneity in the attributes of states...
Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 26 drawings, 23 tables, 6 maps
Publication Year: 2002
OCLC Number: 606935171
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