The Path to American Intervention in the First World War: Implications for Understanding the Foreign Policy Choices of Democratic States
Author: Aleprete, Michael E.
Source: Democracy and Security, Volume 3, Number 2, May 2007 , pp. 189-214(26)
Abstract:This essay contributes to the democratic peace debates by developing observable expectations about the foreign policy choices of democratic states from a range of theoretical perspective within the democratic peace literature. These expectations are then evaluated against the behavior of American decision makers prior to U.S. entry into the First World War (1914-1917). Of the three perspectives considered, the evidence indicates that pacifism did not significantly constrain American policy in this period. Some evidence is found supporting expectations derived from the rational choice theory of the democratic peace, though the social identity account of the democratic peace is found to provide the most compelling explanation for American behavior between 1914 and 1917.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Political Science & Sociology, Westminster College,
Publication date: 2007-05-01