Three pillars of the liberal peace

Harris Siderfin
Monday 4 April 2022

Doyle, Michael W. 2005. American political science review 99, no. 3: 463-466.

This short journal piece introduces the “Liberal Peace Theory”, the concept of how peace is formed and maintained between liberal states in the international system, and critically examines its foundational pillars. The author outlines the incentives liberal states have for engaging in peaceful relations with one other and seeking war with non-liberal states to ensure conformity. The text discusses the decision-making processes of liberal states from ideological, institutional and practical standpoints and offers a strong introduction to a dominant peace theory in International Relations.


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