Title: The Territorial Peace: Borders, State Development and International Conflict
Name: Douglas M. Gibler

Department of Political Science
University of Alabama
357 Marrs Spring Road
Box 870213
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0213

Year: 2008, 2009
Type: Research Grant
Summary: Democracy has flourished over the past two centuries in North America and Western Europe and has begun to gradually spread elsewhere, while authoritarian governments remain the norm in other parts of the globe. This research provides an explanation for these geographic patterns and links individual responses to international conflict with domestic incentives for the centralization of political power. The research program develops an argument that states that have settled their borders are more likely to democratize, and, by settling these issues, these states are likely to be at peace. This is why democracies do not fight each other while authoritarian states always seem mired in conflict. Indeed, the theory argues that the now- famous democratic peace is actually the spurious result of a larger, territorial peace.
Bibliography: Douglas M. Gibler. 2012. The Territorial Peace: Borders, State Development, and International Conflict. Cambridge University Press.

Douglas M. Gibler and Kirk A. Randazzo. Forthcoming. The Independent Judiciary and Democratic Backsliding, American Journal of Political Science.

Steven V. Miller and Douglas M. Gibler. Forthcoming. Democracies, Territory and Negotiated Compromises. Conflict Management and Peace Science

Douglas M. Gibler. Forthcoming. The Politics of Territorial Threat and Rivalry: An Introduction to this Special Issue. Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Douglas M. Gibler and Jaroslav Tir. 2010. Settled Borders and Regime Type: Democratic Transitions as Consequences of Peaceful Territorial Transfers. American Journal of Political Science. 54 (4): 951-968.

Douglas M. Gibler. 2010. Outside-In: The Effects of Territorial Threat on State Centralization. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 54(4): 519-542.