Regime Change

From Democratic Peace Theories to Forcible Regime Change

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Rein Müllerson

This book analyses the recent and on-going regime changes, their internal causes and the external factors that either stimulate or obstruct political reforms. Comparing today’s political reforms with the evolution of the political systems in the Western world, and especially with the sequencing of and congruence between the development of civil institutions and economic and political systems then and there, permits to reveal serious problems with the current attempts at regime change. A comparison of the processes started by Gorbachev in Russia and the Chinese reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping, and the current situation in these countries and their respective positions in the world, highlights both the benefits and dangers of radical reforms. The second part of the book is devoted to the study of moral, legal and political aspects of various forms of external interference with the aim of influencing change.

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Jonathan Vroom

behavior as such…. It urges us to strike a balance between our own understanding of what is right and proper and the contribution the authoritative directive is supposed to make to our system of beliefs on the matter. Decisionist authority, on the other hand, warns us against weighing considerations of

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Jonathan Vroom

the community’s judges felt obligated to comply with the law based on its mere say-so, and were not free to exercise discretion and stray from the words of the law. I suggest, rather, that they were free to rely on their balance of reason to render a verdict, and were, in all likelihood, unconstrained

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Jonathan Vroom

balance of reason, and not on the words of the law. Thus, the separation of these two rituals created a practical gap that needed filling: which ritual comes first? It appears that the author of TS regarded this as a problem and filled this practical gap. Although the TS author introduced the offerings of