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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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