Democracy and Intervention

Led by Lene Siljeholm Christiansen

Jan 2003 – Dec 2004

This project is an MA thesis to be submitted to the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Techololgy (NTNU). It focuses on the relationship between democratization and military intervention.

The democratic peace and the emerging norm of humanitarian intervention may have contributed to a normative justification for military intervention for the purpose of promoting democracy and peace. The assumption that democracies do not wage war against each other may encourage some governments to take action to expand the democratic sphere, including through the use of violence. But is this an effective way? Previous quantitative studies through 1990 seem to suggest that there is a positive relationship between military interventions conducted by democratic states and democracy in target states. The thesis is a continuation of these projects and it examines the effect of military intervention conducted by democratic countries in the period 1960 to 1996.

Supervisor: Nils Petter Gleditsch, NTNU and PRIO

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