Peacemaking by Democracies

The Effect of State Autonomy on the Post-World War Settlements

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Norrin M. Ripsman
Published 13 Feb 2004
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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.


Acknowledgments vi

1. Introduction

2. Domestic Opinion, Structural Autonomy, and

Democratic Foreign Security Policy

3. The Domestic Decision-Making Environments of Great Britain, France, and the United States after Two World Wars

4. The Post–World War I Settlement, 1919

5. The Post–World War II Settlement, 1945–1954

6. Structural Autonomy and Democratic Foreign Security Policy: Conclusions and Implications