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The Democratic Peace and Territorial Conflict in the Twentieth Century


  • 9 b/w illus. 87 tables
  • Page extent: 514 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.85 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 327.1/6/0904
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: D443 .H854 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Boundary disputes--History--20th century
    • Territory, National--Research--Methodology
    • International relations
    • Democracy
    • World politics--20th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521801157 | ISBN-10: 052180115X)

This book presents a systematic reassessment of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the democratic peace literature. Three distinct theoretical models of how domestic political institutions shape the foreign policy choices of state leaders are developed and Huth and Allee then test hypotheses from each model against an original data set of 348 territorial disputes from 1919–95. Each territorial dispute is divided into three separate but related phases for empirical analysis: Challenge the Status Quo Stage, Negotiation Stage and Military Escalation Stage. Their statistical results provide strong support for the importance of democratic accountability and norms in shaping decisions to negotiate and settle disputes as well as to threaten force and escalate to war. The findings of this book address central debates and provide many insights into understanding when and why democratic leaders engage in cooperative or confrontational foreign policies.

• A wide-ranging and comprehensive theoretical analysis of the democratic peace • Develops a new and original data set covering evidence of territorial disputes from all regions from 1919–1995 • Employs advanced statistical models in testing hypotheses


1. Another study of democracy and international conflict?; 2. Pathways to conflict escalation and resolution in international disputes; 3. The international strategic context; 4. Domestic institutions and the political accountability model; 5. Domestic institutions and the political norms model; 6. Domestic institutions and the political affinity model; 7. Empirical results for decisions to challenge the status quo; 8. Empirical results for decisions to offer concessions in negotiations; 9. Empirical results for decisions to escalate with military force; 10. What have we learned about the democratic peace?


'It's a very impressive accomplishment: an analytical and empirical milestone in the analysis of international conflict. The authors give us the basis for identifying who is likely to do what in the stage-by-stage unfolding of events from peace to war, and the conditions under which leaders may reverse direction and return to peace.' Professor Bruce Russett, Yale University

'The challenge for researchers is to separate the wheat from the chaff, to distinguish likely explanations from the merely plausible. Paul K. Huth and Todd L. Allee take up this task with talent, imagination, and much effort. The book is empirical in the best sense of the word.' Political Science Quarterly

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