Ideology in IR. Can classical liberalism explain democratic peace?
In this thesis, a model is constructed that hypothesizes the causal logic behind the robust correlation between liberal democratic state configuration and interstate peace. Where International Relations liberalism is solely based on social liberal political theory, the model in this thesis introduces classical liberal political theory in the realm of International Relations. A second model is constructed that hypothesizes the interaction between a liberal democratic state and a democratic socialist state. The two models are tested on the cases of the Second- and Third Cod Wars; a series of disputes between Great Britain and Iceland during the period 1972-1976. The key variables in the model cannot account for the casual mechanisms observed in the data. This can be partly attributed to the fact that the Cod Wars adequately fit the premises of the models.
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