Peacemaking by Democracies

The Effect of State Autonomy on the PostWorld War Settlements

By (author) Norrin M. Ripsman

Paperback - £33.95

Publication date:

15 December 2002

Length of book:

280 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271023984

When theorists explain how democracies conduct foreign policy, they tend to ignore or downplay differences and assume that democratic governments all behave similarly. Challenging this assumption, Norrin Ripsman breaks down the category of "democracy" to argue that differences in structural autonomy among democratic states have a lot to do with how foreign security policies are chosen and international negotiations are carried out. Concluding with an examination of the implications of these findings for security policy in contemporary democracies, Peacemaking by Democracies combines innovation in international relations theory with careful primary research in historical archives.

“Enormous attention has been paid to the differences between democracies and other regimes. Focusing on one feature of democratic states—their level of autonomy from public opinion in foreign policy—this book will help refine this line of research by shifting our attention to the specific features of these regimes. It is a model of careful case-study research, using original sources in several languages to test a clearly stated theoretical argument.”

—Benjamin O. Fordham, SUNY-Albany