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作者 Reiter, Dan
書名 Democracies at War
出版項 Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2002
國際標準書號 9781400824458 (electronic bk.)
book jacket
說明 1 online resource (257 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
附註 Cover -- Half title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Tables and Figures -- Acknowledgments -- One Democracy's Fourth Virtue -- Two Democracy, War Initiation, and Victory -- Three Democracy and Battlefield Success -- Four Balancers or Bystanders? The Lack of Fraternal Democratic Assistance during War -- Five Winning Wars on Factory Floors? The Myth of the Democratic Arsenals of Victory -- Six Democracy, Consent, and the Path to War -- Seven The Declining Advantages of Democracy: When Consent Erodes -- Eight Why Democracies Win Wars -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Why do democracies win wars? This is a critical question in the study of international relations, as a traditional view--expressed most famously by Alexis de Tocqueville--has been that democracies are inferior in crafting foreign policy and fighting wars. In Democracies at War, the first major study of its kind, Dan Reiter and Allan Stam come to a very different conclusion. Democracies tend to win the wars they fight--specifically, about eighty percent of the time. Complementing their wide-ranging case-study analysis, the authors apply innovative statistical tests and new hypotheses. In unusually clear prose, they pinpoint two reasons for democracies' success at war. First, as elected leaders understand that losing a war can spell domestic political backlash, democracies start only those wars they are likely to win. Secondly, the emphasis on individuality within democratic societies means that their soldiers fight with greater initiative and superior leadership. Surprisingly, Reiter and Stam find that it is neither economic muscle nor bandwagoning between democratic powers that enables democracies to win wars. They also show that, given societal consent, democracies are willing to initiate wars of empire or genocide. On the whole, they find, democracies' dependence on public consent makes for more, rather than less, effective foreign policy. Taking a fresh approach to a question that has long merited such a study, this book yields crucial insights on security policy, the causes of war, and the interplay between domestic politics and international relations
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Reiter, Dan Democracies at War Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2002 9780691089492
主題 Democracy.;War
Electronic books
Alt Author Stam, Allan C
Stam, Allan C. C
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