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Democratization and Expansionism

Democratization and Expansionism

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About the Book

International environment is a crucial factor in determining the developmental path pursued by democratizing great powers. Democracies are thought to be less belligerent than traditional autocracies, yet Japan, Germany, Italy became reckless expansionist powers during their democratization processes. Based upon historical case studies, this work suggests a general pattern regarding democratization and foreign expansion by examining the degree to which the military is oriented, and the cohesion of economic social groups in the face of military assault. Ohara then attempts to draw lessons useful for present-day democratization in China and Russia.

Military social groups--the king and the nobility--dominate domestic society in a traditional autocracy. A secure domestic position allows the sovereign to focus on international survival and dominance. However, during the democratization period emerging economic and social groups--bourgeoisie and labor--challenge the dominance of the military social groups. When the military regards this challenge as more threatening than international survival, the possibility for a state to become a reckless expansionist emerges. Identifying possible causal relationships and producing realistic policy prescriptions is not enough to avert the trend, Ohara contends, one must propose multiple policy options viable at any given point, as well as various fall back plans to be implemented as necessary.

About the Author:

MASAYO OHARA received a master's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she studied U.S. nuclear strategy and U.S.-Soviet arms control process. She also received a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, where she concentrated on International Relations and Security Studies.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780275970437
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 247 mm
  • No of Pages: 280
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 580 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275970434
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jun 2001
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 25 mm
  • Width: 156 mm

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