Academic journal article Texas International Law Journal

Democratic Governance and International Law

Academic journal article Texas International Law Journal

Democratic Governance and International Law

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DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW. Edited by Gregory H. Fox and Brad R. Roth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 585 pages, $100.00 Hardcover.

A compilation of essays by various international law and political science scholars, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW seeks to touch on many of the issues that surround the current diffusion of internal liberal democratic systems in countries around the world. From Thomas M. Franck's seminal 1992 article, Legitimacy and the Democratic

Entitlement, to critiques of using undemocratic methods to maintain a democratic state, the essays featured provide a good general survey of the area.

Part I reexamines the standard arguments that more democracy necessarily leads to less war and that the fall of communism has spurred democratic movements in the world. Franck's article about the idea of a "democratic entitlement" is used to springboard a discussion of how internal systems motivate democracy, for better or for worse, in Part II. The five essays in Part III look at the illegality of "pro-democratic invasion pacts," using foreign force to impose domestic democracy. …

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