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The Logic of Political Violence
London School of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2011 (English)In: Quarterly Journal of Economics, ISSN 0033-5533, E-ISSN 1531-4650, Vol. 126, no 3, 1411-1445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article offers a unified approach for studying political violence whether it emerges as repression or civil war. We formulate a model where an incumbent or opposition can use violence to maintain or acquire power to study which political and economic factors drive one-sided or two-sided violence (repression or civil war). The model predicts a hierarchy of violence states from peace via repression to civil war; and suggests a natural empirical approach. Exploiting only within-country variation in the data, we show that violence is associated with shocks that can affect wages and aid. As in the theory, these effects are only present where political institutions are noncohesive.

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2011. Vol. 126, no 3, 1411-1445 p.
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D74, H40, O11
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68290DOI: 10.1093/qje/qjr025ISI: 000294556700008OAI: diva2:477977

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Available from: 2012-01-15 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2013-01-28Bibliographically approved

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