1st Edition

Democracy and Security
Preferences, Norms and Policy-Making





ISBN 9780415576512
Published January 25, 2010 by Routledge
236 Pages

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It has become generally accepted wisdom that democracies do not go to war against each other. However, there are significant differences between democratic states in terms of their approach to war and security policy in general.

This edited book offers a broad examination of how democratic preferences and norms are relevant to security policy beyond the decision of whether to go to war. It therefore offers a fresh understanding of state behaviour in the security realm. The contributors discuss such issues as defence policy, air war, cluster bombs, non-lethal weapons, weapons of mass destruction, democratic and non-democratic nuclear weapon states’ transparency, and the political and ideological background of the ongoing ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’.

It has become generally accepted wisdom that democracies do not go to war against each other. However, there are significant differences between democratic states in terms of their approach to war and security policy in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Harald Müller and Matthew Evangelista  2. Casualty Aversion in Democratic Security Provision: Procurement and the Defense Industrial Base Niklas Schörnig  3. Non-Lethal Weapons: Democratic Necessity or Business as Usual? Jürgen Altmann and Judith Reppy  4. Air War and Restraint: The Role of Public Opinion and Democracy Stephen Watts  5. Curbing the Use of Indiscriminate Weapons: NGO Advocacy in Militant Democracies Margarita H. Petrova  6. Technology, Nuclear Arms Control, and Democracy: Reflections in the Light of Democratic Peace Theory Harald Müller and Una Becker  7. Strained Relationships: The Revolution in Military Affairs, Democracy and Arms Control Olivier Minkwitz  8. Torn Apart: Nuclear Secrecy and Openness in Democratic Nuclear Weapon States Annette Schaper and Harald Müller  9. Much Ado About Democracy: Some Skeptical Observations on Democracies and War Matthew Evangelista and Judith Reppy  10. Security Studies' Cinderella? Why Democratic Peace Theory Should be Invited to the King's Ball Harald Müller and Niklas Schörnig

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Biography

Matthew Evangelista is Professor of Government at Cornell University. Harald Müller is Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Professor for International Relations, Frankfurt University. Niklas Schörnig is a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.