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Democratic Peace Theory

Important Democratic Values
Freedom of Assembly:

• Ensures that opposing political parties can meet each other on an equal plane (i.e.
no banning political parties)

• Also allows for different types of citizen assembly such as on the on the internet:
Avaaz, facebook, twitter (i.e. freedom of cyberspace)
Electoral mechanism which results in peaceful transitions:
Q: What does it do for us on the int'l and democratic peace level?
A: Can ensure…

• Predictability

• Continuity
Creation of an environment in which norms carry through

• Where, for example, permanent private secretaries very rarely change (apolitical)
and the civil service is strong and works long

• Path Dependency Element (in terms of transitions) An Independent Judiciary

• Prescence of the Rule of law:
o i.e. people follow through with decisions made

• An expectation that these mechanisms can be used internationally

• Good relationship between the civil service and army
Mechanisms Dispute Resolution

• States like knowing that other states have a good mechanism for dispute
resolution Mechanisms behind the democratic peace:

• Does it have to do with democracy or liberal democracy ?

• Perhaps the transparency of parliamentary systems has a role?

• Creating democratic processes for a state is like 'hoops to go through,' that take a
long time

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