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Political Competition and the Initiation of International Conflict: A New Perspective on the Institutional Foundations of Democratic Peace

Goldsmith, Benjamin; Semenovich, Dimitri; Sowmya, Arcot; Grgic, Gorana


Although the empirical pattern of democratic peace is well-established, debate continues over its theoretical explanation. While theory tends to focus on specific institutional or normative characteristics within regimes, empirical studies often test this indirectly, using aggregate measures of types of political regimes as a whole. The analysis in this paper more directly assesses expectations about core characteristics of regime type for the likelihood of interstate conflict initiation. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-03-08
Type: Journal article
Source: World Politics
DOI: 10.1017/S0043887116000307
Access Rights: Open Access


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