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The political economy of social violence: theory and evidence from a cross-country study

Fox, Sean and Hoelscher, Kristian (2010) The political economy of social violence: theory and evidence from a cross-country study. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 2 (72). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Why are some countries more prone to social violence than others? Drawing on theoretical and empirical insights from the fields of political economy, sociology and criminology we develop and empirically test a holistic theory of social violence that accounts for political-institutional, socio-economic and socio-demographic factors. We find that hybrid political regimes, political-institutional volatility, poverty, inequality and ethnic diversity are associated with higher rates of social violence. Unexpectedly, higher rates of economic growth are also found to be robustly correlated with higher rates of social violence.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 S. Fox, K. Hoelscher
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2010 16:07
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2020 23:08

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