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We show that without a few peculiar modeling choices that are not justified by the core assumptions of the theory, selectorate theory neither unambiguously predicts the democratic peace nor that leaders of more inclusive regimes will rely upon the provision of public goods to remain in office. We illustrate these claims using relatively simple models that incorporate the core assumptions of their theory while avoiding modeling choices we believe to be less appropriate. We also discuss reasonsdoi:10.1017/s1752971914000347 fatcat:aah5knl7ubefzlc7sjg4orsd7i