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Electing to Fight : Why Emerging Democracies Go to War (Paperback)

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Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative analysis, Mansfield and Snyder show that emerging democracies with weak political institutions are especially likely to go to war. Leaders of these countries attempt to rally support by invoking external threats and resorting to belligerent, nationalist rhetoric. Mansfield and Snyder point to this pattern in cases ranging from revolutionary France to contemporary Russia. Because the risk of a state's being involved in violent conflict is high until democracy is fully consolidated, Mansfield and Snyder argue, the best way to promote democracy is to begin by building the institutions that democracy requires -- such as the rule of law -- and only then encouraging mass political participation and elections. Readers will find this argument particularly relevant to prevailing concerns about the transitional government in Iraq. "Electing to Fight" also calls into question the wisdom of urging early elections elsewhere in the Islamic world and in China.

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Publisher Mit Pr
Mfg Part# 9780262633475
SKU 203452816
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0262633477
Release Date 4/10/2007
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0300
Publisher MIT Press (MA)
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