Chapter 5 Global conflict and human survival
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This chapter presents an empirical study to test the ability in democratism to explain the observed global decline in international wars and battle deaths from 1945 through 2010. The chapter describes the pattern of international conflict over time; notices the anomalies in existing theories as applied to explain the conflict pattern; elaborates on the empirically contingent relationship between democracy beyond the state and international peace while rejecting as implausible the opposite idea that democracy might lead to violence and instability; tests the hypothesis in democratism by empirical observations of congruence between international peace and democracy beyond the state as well as causal mechanisms that connect those variables. The analysis finds that democratism is supported and superior to other IR theories when applied to explain what previous research has named the 'long peace' or 'decline in conflict'.

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