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Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy

Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796699

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  • Schultz explores the effects of democratic politics on coercive diplomacy. He argues that open political competition between government and opposition parties influences threats in international crises, how rival states interpret those threats, and whether or not crises can be settled short of war. Compared to their nondemocratic counterparts, democracies make threats more selectively, but those they do make are more likely to be successful--that is, to gain a favorable outcome without war. Schultz uses game-theoretic models and tests the resulting hypothesis using both statistical analyses and historical case studies.

    • The subject is topical: recent events (e.g. Kosovo) show that how democratic debate influences the use and success of threats is a pressing issue
    • The book presents its argument through a series of formal, game-theoretic models which are presented in an accessible manner
    • The empirical analysis combines statistical tests and historical case studies both to test the hypotheses in a rigorous manner and to flesh out the intuition behind the theory
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    "Schultz has forged a creative argument linking elements of crisis--threat creation, credibility, resolve, and the use of force--to democratic decision making...Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy is particularly insightful on the theoretical side--in argument outline and hypothesis generation--and makes a significant contribution to understanding the democratic peace hypothesis." Perspectives on Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796699
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Theory:
    2. Information and signalling in international crises
    3. Democratic politics in international crises
    4. Domestic competition and signalling in international crises
    Part II. Empirical Analysis:
    5. Selective threats, effective threats: the initiation and escalation of international crises
    6. Credibility confirmed: the implications of domestic support
    7. Credibility undermined: the implications of domestic dissent
    8. Conclusions and implications

  • Author

    Kenneth A. Schultz, Princeton University, New Jersey

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