Methodology of the Democratic Peace

Led by Nils Petter Gleditsch
Jan 1997 - Jan 2000

Funded by NFR (1997–98) and the US National Science Foundation (1998–2000), this project examines the consequences of democracy and democratization at the subnational, national, dyadic and system levels. There is a strong emphasis on improving the methodology of such studies, always with a view to obtaining substantively important findings. This project had the greatest degree of project activity within the CWP programme in 1998 and early 1999, but is now being eclipsed by the globalization, environment and civil war projects.

Project leader: Scott Gates & Nils Petter Gleditsch
Researchers: Håvard Hegre, Tove Grete Lie, Sara McLaughlin & Anita Schjølset


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gleditsch, Nils Petter; Håvard Hegre; Tanja Ellingsen & Scott Gates (2001) Toward a Democratic Civil Peace? Democracy, Political Change and Civil War 1816–1992, American Political Science Review 95(1): 33–48.
Gates, Scott & Håvard Hegre (1999) Evolution in Democracy-War Dynamics, Journal of Conflict Resolution 43(6): 771–792.
Gates, Scott; Nils Petter Gleditsch; Håvard Hegre & Ranveig Gissinger (1998) Timing the Changes in Political Structures. A New Polity Database, Journal of Conflict Resolution 42(2): 231–242.
Raknerud, Arvid & Håvard Hegre (1997) The Hazard of War. Reassessing the Evidence of the Democratic Peace, Journal of Peace Research 34(4): 385–404.