Mark Peceny

Dean: College of Arts and Sciences
505 277-7381
Biography 

Professor Peceny studies democracy, dictatorship, and the international system. Much of his research examines how liberal culture and republican institutions of government shape the behavior of democracies in international politics and how international actors shape processes of democratization within states.

Research Interests 

Professor Peceny studies democracy, dictatorship, and the international system. Much of his research examines how liberal culture and republican institutions of government shape the behavior of democracies in international politics and how international actors shape processes of democratization within states. Professor Peceny's book, Democracy at the Point of Bayonets, and related articles, are placed at the intersection of these two concerns. This work examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions over the past century and argues that America's liberalism shapes its policies in two distinct ways depending on whether the initiative for the adoption of "pro-liberalization" policies comes from the president or the Congress. More broadly, this work argues that the promotion of democracy during military interventions is one of the central ways in which the United States attempts to reconcile the potential contradictions involved in being a liberal dominant power. Perhaps surprisingly, his research provides statistical evidence that the promotion of democracy during military interventions can successfully build liberal democratic institutions in target countries.