This paper aims to test the capitalist and democratic peace arguments within the developing world. Notwithstanding the theoretical arguments and empirical evidence which indicate two different dynamics of interstate conflict in the developing and the developed worlds, the proponents of both “democratic peace” and “capitalist peace” arguments did not take into account the distinction between developing and developed countries and tested their hypotheses within samples that included “all dyads” in different time periods. This study aims to fill this gap by testing capitalist and democratic peace arguments within the developing world. It tests the capitalist and democratic peace arguments through statistical analysis (logistic regression) of the militarized interstate disputes in the developing world between 1951 and 2000. The results support the “capitalist peace” argument and suggest that, within the developing world, economic development leads to interstate peace, whereas democracy does not. The findings are robust to different measures of conflict, democracy and economic development.

Author Bio(s)

Faruk Ekmekci earned his PhD in Political Science at the Florida State University in 2008. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Ipek University, Ankara, Turkey. His main research and teaching interests include international political economy, international conflicts, terrorism, and (Kurdish) nationalism. His latest publications were published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and Romanian Journal of Political Science. Email: fekmekci@hotmail.com


capitalist peace arguments, democratic peace theory, economic development, interstate disputes

Publication Date






To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.