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Determinants of violence and escalation

Nilsson Qvist, Sebastian LU (2019) STVK02 20191
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Democratic peace theory, or DPT, has in recent academic studies had its
explanatory power and validity questioned and examined. One of the contenders against DPT is civil-military relations. This paper aimed to examine whether democratic peace and civil-military relations could explain conflict behavior and conflict escalation in militarized interstate disputes, as opposed to the common method of analyzing conflict onset. This paper uses the quantitative and statistical method of multiple linear regression to find variables that significantly affect the dependent variable. The results show that level of democracy, civil-military
relations, relative state power, and trade interdependence have significant effects on conflict behavior and... (More)
Democratic peace theory, or DPT, has in recent academic studies had its
explanatory power and validity questioned and examined. One of the contenders against DPT is civil-military relations. This paper aimed to examine whether democratic peace and civil-military relations could explain conflict behavior and conflict escalation in militarized interstate disputes, as opposed to the common method of analyzing conflict onset. This paper uses the quantitative and statistical method of multiple linear regression to find variables that significantly affect the dependent variable. The results show that level of democracy, civil-military
relations, relative state power, and trade interdependence have significant effects on conflict behavior and escalation. Democracy has a strong deterring effect on conflict behavior and escalation, whereas military influence had an exacerbating effect. This study finds that both DPT and civil-military relations are important aspects to account when analyzing how conflict stakeholders behave. (Less)
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author
Nilsson Qvist, Sebastian LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK02 20191
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Militarized interstate disputes, civil-military relations, praetorianism, conflict behavior, conflict decision-making.
language
English
id
8975888
date added to LUP
2019-09-06 09:58:21
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2019-10-10 11:13:32
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  abstract     = {Democratic peace theory, or DPT, has in recent academic studies had its 
explanatory power and validity questioned and examined. One of the contenders against DPT is civil-military relations. This paper aimed to examine whether democratic peace and civil-military relations could explain conflict behavior and conflict escalation in militarized interstate disputes, as opposed to the common method of analyzing conflict onset. This paper uses the quantitative and statistical method of multiple linear regression to find variables that significantly affect the dependent variable. The results show that level of democracy, civil-military 
relations, relative state power, and trade interdependence have significant effects on conflict behavior and escalation. Democracy has a strong deterring effect on conflict behavior and escalation, whereas military influence had an exacerbating effect. This study finds that both DPT and civil-military relations are important aspects to account when analyzing how conflict stakeholders behave.},
  author       = {Nilsson Qvist, Sebastian},
  keyword      = {Militarized interstate disputes,civil-military relations,praetorianism,conflict behavior,conflict decision-making.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Determinants of violence and escalation},
  year         = {2019},
}