From Voting to Violence by Jack L. Snyder
Democratization and Nationalist Conflict

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How democratization can exacerbate nationalist fervour and ethnic conflict is shown in this book. Arguing that international organisations can cause conflict rather than avert it, Snyder prescribes policies that will make transitions less dangerous. In the light of such examples as Weimar Germany and contemporary Bosnia, the book questions the optimism of Western liberals that would rush to democracy at the cost of freedom.

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Jack L. Snyder is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield (MIT Press, 2007) and From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (Norton, 2000). His articles on such topics as crisis diplomacy, democratization and war, nationalism, imperial overstretch, war crimes tribunals versus amnesties, international relations theory after September 11, and anarchy and culture have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, and World Politics. Professor Snyder teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on nationalism, comparative methods, and grand strategy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of Columbia's Arts and Sciences Policy and Planning Committee. He is the editor of the Norton Series in World Politics.
Published April 1, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Some of these nations’ democratic traditions were too weak to offset the powerful forces of ethnic nationalism that, once unleashed, brought violent conflicts against real or perceived enemies (as in Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, etc.).

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he argues that where critical preconditions are not present (where there isn't, for instance, an adaptable ruling elite or institutions such as the rule of law and a free press), embracing the popular ballot often leads to the rise of a noxious nationalism, conflict and war: ""Democratization pro...

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