Peacemaking by Democracies
The Effect of State Autonomy on the PostWorld War Settlements
By (author) Norrin M. Ripsman
Publication date:15 December 2002
Length of book:280 pages
PublisherPenn State University Press
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.
—Benjamin O. Fordham, SUNY-Albany