Statistical Critiques of the Democratic Peace: Caveat Emptor
2011 (English)In: American Journal of Political Science, ISSN 0092-5853, E-ISSN 1540-5907, Vol. 55, no 2, 247-262 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The “democratic peace”—the inference that democracies rarely fight each other—is one of the most important and empirically robust findings in international relations (IR). This article surveys the statistical challenges to the democratic peace and critically analyzes a prominent recent critique (Gartzke 2007). Gartzke's claim that capitalist dynamics explain away the democratic peace relies on results problematically driven by (1) the censoring from the sample of observations containing certain communist countries or occurring before 1966, (2) the inclusion of regional controls, and (3) a misspecification of temporal controls. Analysis of these issues contributes to broader methodological debates and reveals novel characteristics of the democratic peace. Gartzke and other critics have contributed valuably to the study of IR; however, the democratic peace remains one of the most robust empirical associations in IR.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Blackwell , 2011. Vol. 55, no 2, 247-262 p.
democratic peace, capitalist peace, heterogeneity, time-series, missing data
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142257DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2010.00487.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142257DiVA: diva2:387195