A Political Biography
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Title Page, About the Author, Copyright, Dedication
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It has taken awhile. It has taken way longer than I planned or expected, and having taken such a while, the political biography of the democratic peace has become a key part of my own biography. And like any biography, it is interwoven with the biographies of so many others. Any piece of academic writing, including a single- authored one, is, in many ways, a collective en-...
A Note to the Reader
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The book discusses a variety of subjects which are usually studied separately and by different communities of scholars. Though the chapters all reinforce each other and cohere into a single set of arguments, some readers may like to focus on specific subjects that they find interesting. To them, I’d like to Readers interested in theoretical arguments should seek them in chapter ...
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Childless though he was, Immanuel Kant is the towering (or assumed) fa-ther of many offspring, one of which is the subject of this book: the theo-ries of democratic peace; those theories that try to explain the absence (or near absence) of war between consolidated democracies. And just as Kant’s hometown of Königsberg changed hands and names throughout its history, ...
1. Theory as a Hermeneutical Mechanism: A Theoretical Model
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This chapter sets out the theoretical model for the book: a model explaining the conditioned power of theories. In order to establish my theory, I aim to use hermeneutics— though with a slight twist. Hermeneutics is usually understood as the art of reading and interpreting texts. I want to stress, however, the dual nature of hermeneutics. Although hermeneutics indeed ...
2. Democratic Peace as Theoretical Constructions
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In 1964 we saw the revival of the Kantian republican peace, and the start of a process that epitomizes the first stage of theory as a hermeneutical process as depicted and analyzed in this book— in other words, the stage when mean-ing becomes attached to political concepts through academic discourse. A relatively obscure and neglected article by Dean Babst, published in 1964, ...
3. Democratic Peace as a Public Convention
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The multiplicity of configurations and the multiplicity of options within each configuration support the claim that theory indeed is a theoretical con-struction, or a mode of political thought in Freeden’s sense. Theories offer not just explanations for complex phenomena, but also an inclusive under-standing of the phenomena. They do this by defining the political concepts ...
4. Word-Lords: The Israeli Right's Mobilization of the Rhetorical Capital of Democratic Peace
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On June 24, 2002, President Bush brought out a new plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. That plan, which became known as the “Road-map,” was based on a two- state solution and presented two novelties: (1) for the first time, the United States committed itself publicly and of_f_icially to an independent Palestinian sovereignty, and (2) for the first time, the United ...
5. The Civilization of Clashes: The Neoconservative Reading of Democratic Peace
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A specter is haunting American neoconservatism— the specter of promot-ing democracy. It exorcises whatever prudence conservatism might other-wise espouse; it drives neoconservatives’ grand strategy to experimentalism that otherwise they would condemn as “social engineering.” This chapter explores the part played by the democratic peace thesis in bringing this ...
6. The Three Free World Theories
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Democratic peace is a theory of democracy, by democracy, for democracy; it is supposed to explain the behavior of democracies, it was conceived in democracies, and its political representations were put into use for the sake of democracies. The focus of this book is a free world theory. But demo-cratic peace thesis is not the only free world theory. There are others; for ...
7. Theorizing and Responsibility
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Tumultuous are the lives of theories. Conceived in the serenity of academy, they may find themselves forced into the real world and subjected to the vicissitudes of politics. This migration of theories from academia to the real world is what raises the question of theoreticians’ responsibility. Are the theoreticians responsible for the real- world ramifications, political harms, ...
Conclusions: Zooming In, Zooming Out
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Though faltering at times, the democratic peace theories have thriving lives. The aim of this book has been to trace those lives, understand them theo-retically, and assess them in normative terms. Theoretically, the migration of theory to the nonacademic world was conceptualized through the her-meneutical mechanism model. By focusing on a theory’s internal structure ...
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Publication Year: 2013