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Peter Gourevitch

In: Handbook of International Relations

Chapter 16: Domestic Politics and International Relations

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Domestic Politics and International Relations
Domestic politics and international relations

Did the Soviet Union and the United States struggle for fifty years because one was communist, the other capitalist? Or was it because of their situation in the world, as the two major powers of the global system, inescapably locked into a classic security dilemma? If all countries were democracies, would there be peace, as Woodrow Wilson predicted? Are democracies developing in Latin America and East Asia because of forces internal to each country, or are their political systems shaped by international forces? These questions show the centrality of domestic politics to any understanding of the strategic interactions in the world, that is, of international relations (Bueno de Mesquita, 2000; Lake and Powell, 1999).

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