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Democracy and Compromise in Militarized Interstate Conflicts, 1816-1992

Democracy and Compromise in Militarized Interstate Conflicts, 1816-1992 Research has documented that democratic nations are about 30 times less likely to originate interstate wars and about 3 times less likely to originate militarized interstate disputes among themselves than other types of regimes. Compromise is a means for resolving conflict whereby disputants agree to mutual concessions. Many researchers contend that compromise is among the central defining features of democratic political culture. If a norm of compromise can explain the absence of wars between democratic nations, then one should expect to find a democratic inclination toward compromise in the path from the initial militarization of an interstate conflict to all-out war. An analysis of militarized interstate disputes originating as one-on-one confrontations occurring worldwide from 1816 to 1992 reveals robust support for the proposition. The results indicate that joint highly democratic dyads are about 3 times more likely than joint highly autocratic dyads to resolve their militarized conflicts with mutual concessions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Conflict Resolution SAGE

Democracy and Compromise in Militarized Interstate Conflicts, 1816-1992

Journal of Conflict Resolution , Volume 42 (2): 21 – Apr 1, 1998

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SAGE
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0022-0027
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1552-8766
DOI
10.1177/0022002798042002005
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Abstract

Research has documented that democratic nations are about 30 times less likely to originate interstate wars and about 3 times less likely to originate militarized interstate disputes among themselves than other types of regimes. Compromise is a means for resolving conflict whereby disputants agree to mutual concessions. Many researchers contend that compromise is among the central defining features of democratic political culture. If a norm of compromise can explain the absence of wars between democratic nations, then one should expect to find a democratic inclination toward compromise in the path from the initial militarization of an interstate conflict to all-out war. An analysis of militarized interstate disputes originating as one-on-one confrontations occurring worldwide from 1816 to 1992 reveals robust support for the proposition. The results indicate that joint highly democratic dyads are about 3 times more likely than joint highly autocratic dyads to resolve their militarized conflicts with mutual concessions.

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Journal of Conflict ResolutionSAGE

Published: Apr 1, 1998

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