Dimensions of democracy and military expenditure

Ömer Faruk Örsün

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Is democracy a luxury that nations cannot afford during wartime? Focusing on the dimensions of democracy separately, I argue that two main features of democracy, contestation and inclusiveness, pull war effort decisions in opposite directions. While decreasing contestation increases the available discretionary resources to leaders and generates long-term reputational incentives to fund a war effort, the inclusiveness dimension determines leaders’ ability to maintain their support base at different levels of a war effort. Predictions from this new theory are tested with a panel dataset that covers all the state-years between 1950 and 2000. Statistical analyses confirm the implications of the theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalUluslararasi Iliskiler
Issue number67
StatePublished - 2020


  • Democracy
  • Domestic Politics
  • Military Expenditure
  • Reputation
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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