Actual Essay 1, Question 2: What are the main tenets of the Democratic Peace Theory?

How do they compare to other approaches to promoting world peace? The Democratic Peace Theory holds that, for a couple of reasons, Democracy, and preferably worldwide democracy, is an effective way to promote world peace. The two mains reasons for this are that Democratic nations, promote nonviolence in their people, and Democracies are less likely to go to war with one another. The best analysis for the first of these reasons can be found at the individual level; democracies promote peace because of the way they interact with their subjects. Immanuel Kant¶s work ³Perpetual Peace´ explains how ³because democratic leaders are accountable to the public, and that because ordinary citizens have to supply the soldiers and bear the human and financial cost of aggressive policies, they would constrain leaders from initiating foreign wars´ (Kegley and Raymond 60). This is to say that because of the democratic nature of the system, the people have the say in whether or not countries solve problems through conflict, and since such is hurtful to those same people more than to the politicians themselves, the people will not support aggressive politics. These effects would be exacerbated when the conflict in question is between TWO democratic nations, and therefore such a war is even LESS unlikely to occur than one in which only one party is democratic. Thus the conversion of the entirety of the worlds governing bodies to democratic systems is an effective long-term way to end political strife, at least in the form of outright violence. Of the many, many possible ways to promote world peace, the Democratic Peace Theory is currently the most significant, due to the amount of democracies and the rate at which democracy is present (should the theory hold true). Cobdenism, the idea that peace will reign

the Democratic Peace Theory. Bibliography: Kegley. 2007. provides what seems to me the most empirical and realistic path toward world peace.when free trade is permitted globally is another legitimate theory with some clout. CA: Thomson. Nonetheless. 2nd Edition. The Global Future. Belmond. controversial as it is. as is MAD (which implies that war will become pointless after every country has the destructive potential afforded by nuclear armaments. and as countries continue to democratize as they find economic and sociopolitical stability. Print. . and Gregory Raymond. Charles. the possibility seems increasingly cogent.

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