An Introduction to International Relations Theory by Jill Steans, Lloyd Pettiford, Thomas Diez and Imad El-Anis

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The government of Iran does have a number of characteristics of traditional republics, such as popular elections, parliamentarians, political parties and a constitution. However, it also has branches of government which are not secular, but instead are directly concerned with religious matters. Furthermore, within the governing mechanisms in Iran exists an ulema (body of educated religious scholars and lawyers). The ulema are technically separate from the Iranian government and operate as ‘advisors’ or ‘consultants’ to it.

However, it also has branches of government which are not secular, but instead are directly concerned with religious matters. Furthermore, within the governing mechanisms in Iran exists an ulema (body of educated religious scholars and lawyers). The ulema are technically separate from the Iranian government and operate as ‘advisors’ or ‘consultants’ to it. Neverthless, the ulema’s role often exceeds this official description to the extent that the final say on issues of governance is held by the upper echelons of the ulema itself.

First, the sample included republics as well as democracies and in some cases 30 per cent male Themes | 33 suffrage was deemed enough to qualify as a ‘democracy’. Doyle also excluded certain types of wars like civil wars. In terms of what statistics can tell us democratic peace theory can also be criticised. Even if we establish the existence of a liberal zone of peace, it may be that: a) the number of liberal states is quite small; and b) at the same time many states that are not democracies are also at peace with one another.

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