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The Democratic Peace Phenomenon, Institutional Credibility and Path Dependency

Author: R. M. BITTICK
Published in PAQ, Vol. 32 No. 3

This article explains the “Democratic Peace” phenomenon as a manifestation of a complex adaptive system in the international realm. This study argues that the Democratic Peace, the proposition that democracies do not go to war with each other, emerges from the path dependent institutional environments of civil societies. Here, public administrators serve the critical role of the third party enforcers of the law, which directly contributes to the development of civil societies, and thus, indirectly impacts the international realm by fostering peace between such nations.

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