chapter  16
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Types of democracy and generosity with foreign aid: an indirect test of the democratic peace proposition (1999)

Because full-fledged democracy is mainly a post-1945 phenomenon and

because the Cold War offers an alternative explanation for the peaceful

relations among democracies, it is difficult to test the democratic peace

proposition directly; most tests have therefore been indirect ones. This

chapter offers another indirect test, based on the cultural and structural

differences between consensus and majoritarian types of democracy – comparable to the differences between democracy and non-democracy – and

based on differences with regard to one kind of peaceful foreign policy – the

supply of economic development assistance. The hypothesized relationship

between consensus democracy and generosity with foreign aid is strongly

confirmed.