1st Edition

Capitalism, Democracy and the Prevention of War and Poverty

Edited By Peter Graeff, Guido Mehlkop Copyright 2009
    240 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For a very large part of the world’s population, poverty and war are still part of everyday life. Drawing on insights from several disciplines, this book attempts to find scientific answers to explain the relationship between conflict and poverty.

    This interdisciplinary volume brings together a range of arguments that synthesize both democratic and capitalist peace theory. Supported by a large body of research, contributors contend that nations with institutions that maximize individual political and civil rights minimize the probability of fighting each other. The volume includes:

    • contributors from leading and award winning scholars in the field, including Bruce Russett and Erik Gartzke
    • topics such as democratization and economic development, situated within the broader contexts of globalization and modernization
    • contributions supported by empirical analyses, systematizing democratic and capitalist peace theories

    This book will be vital reading for students and scholars of International Relations and globalization, and also for a broader range of subjects including sociology, political science and economics.



    1. Introduction Guido Mehlkop and Peter Graeff  2. Thucydides, Ancient Greece and the Democratic Peace Bruce Russett  3. What Is The Democratic Peace And Why Pursue It? Rudolph J. Rummel  4. Production, Prosperity, Preferences and Peace Erik Gartzke 5. Peace by Interdemocratic Institutions? A Theoretical Framework  Brigitte Weiffen  6. Rewards of Freedom: Democracy and the Inflow of Foreign Direct Investment, 1984–  Indra de Soysa and Jo Jakobsen  7. Is the IMF right? How robust is the relationship between market-oriented institutions and policies and economic growth? Jakob de Haan and Jan-Egbert Sturm  8. Economic Freedom, Wealth and Corruption: Analyzing their empirical connection by means of correspondence analysis  Jörg Blasius and Peter Graeff  9. Varieties of Capitalism and Social Change in Rich Democracies Volker Bornschier  10. Authority: a social coordination-mechanism A Contribution to the Explanation and Analysis of Social Mechanisms Andrea Maurer  11. Conclusion Peter Graeff and Guido Mehlkop


    Dr. Peter Graeff is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. His research interests include positive and negative social capital, statistics/methodology, conflict and military sociology. Previous publications include Why Nations Arm in Age of Globalization, Comparative Sociology, 2 (4), 2003, (with Guido Mehlkop).

    Dr. Guido Mehlkop is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany. His research interests include the institutional and cultural determinants of economic growth and income inequality; the economic theory of conflict and crime, and military sociology.