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The logic of political violence

Besley, Timothy and Persson, Torsten (2011) The logic of political violence. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 126 (3). pp. 1411-1445. ISSN 0033-5533

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://qje.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N40 - General, International, or Comparative
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 08:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38596/

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