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Legitimering och folkmakt: Den demokratiska fredens orsaksmekanismer

Netzell, Kim LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This essay studies the causal mechanisms behind democratic peace theory trying to explain why not yet any democracy has declared war on another democracy. The essay's hypothesis is expressed as follows: The way in which war is legitimized in general, along with democracies' stronger need for justifying all its actions, makes it extremely difficult for democratic states to declare war on each other. In order to prove the hypothesis, I make use of a hypothetical thought experiment and just war theory. The essay compares several explanations on democratic peace theory and develops its own explanation based among other things on John M. Owen's liberal explanation. Also a definition of democracy is given including those special properties that... (More)
This essay studies the causal mechanisms behind democratic peace theory trying to explain why not yet any democracy has declared war on another democracy. The essay's hypothesis is expressed as follows: The way in which war is legitimized in general, along with democracies' stronger need for justifying all its actions, makes it extremely difficult for democratic states to declare war on each other. In order to prove the hypothesis, I make use of a hypothetical thought experiment and just war theory. The essay compares several explanations on democratic peace theory and develops its own explanation based among other things on John M. Owen's liberal explanation. Also a definition of democracy is given including those special properties that characterize democracies and create peace. However, explaining the democratic peace with legitimization, a second conclusion is made – the democratic peace may not last, democracy is not a guarantee for peace. By ending the essay explaining why and analyzing the democratic peace theory's relation to realism, a deeper understanding of international relations is achieved. (Less)
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Netzell, Kim LU
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STVK02 20131
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
hypotetiskt tankeexperiment, legitimeringsförklaringen jus ad bellum, orsaksmekanismer, demokratisk fredsteori, Owen, legitimering, legitima krig, legitima regeringar, just war theory, demokrati, realism
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Swedish
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3629211
date added to LUP
2013-05-16 13:58:35
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2014-09-04 08:27:35
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  author       = {Netzell, Kim},
  keyword      = {hypotetiskt tankeexperiment,legitimeringsförklaringen jus ad bellum,orsaksmekanismer,demokratisk fredsteori,Owen,legitimering,legitima krig,legitima regeringar,just war theory,demokrati,realism},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Legitimering och folkmakt: Den demokratiska fredens orsaksmekanismer},
  year         = {2013},
}