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Hyphenating Democracy: Germany, Japan, & The Conflict Thesis

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One of the first instances of conflict-driven democratization surprisingly, did not need explanations nor justification: It was product of actual war in which establishing democracy was not a causal factor. Just as wave argument elevates endogenous development within a democratizing country, the conflict alternative invites exogenous and external dimensions. Afghanistan and Iraq certainly don't exhaust recent cases of US-led conflict-driven democratization, but since they are not the first, two questions beg attention: How similar have both cases been to Germany and Japan after World War II, since only by comparing discrete cases can the general picture conducive to theory-testing be clarified? Regardless of how clear the emerging general picture becomes, have Afghani and Iraqi democratization experiences encouraged or discouraged other conflict-driven democracy pursuits? This chapter addresses the first question. It examines what new light can a comparative study of German and Japanese democratization shed on Afghanistan's and Iraq's ongoing democratization?.

Keywords: Afghanistan; conflict-driven democratization; democracy; Germany; Iraq; Japan; World War II



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