Democracy, threats and political repression in developing countries: Are democracies internally less violent?

  title={Democracy, threats and political repression in developing countries: Are democracies internally less violent?},
  author={Patrick Regan and Errol Anthony Henderson},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={119 - 136}
Although previous research on the correlates of political repression has found a negative linear relationship between democracy and repression, we maintain that the relationship is more complex. We focus instead on the role of threats as a key precipitant to political repression and contend that scholars should attend to both non-linearities in analyses of political repression as well as Fein's (1995) argument that states with intermediate levels of democracy (ie semi-democracies) are more… 

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