Going Postal: State Capacity and Violent Dispute Resolution

  title={Going Postal: State Capacity and Violent Dispute Resolution},
  author={Jeffrey L. Jensen and Adam J. Ramey},
  journal={Conflict Studies: Domestic Politics eJournal},
Abstract Scholars have long tried to understand the conditions under which actors choose to use violent versus non-violent means to settle disputes, and many argue that violence is more likely in weakly-institutionalized settings. Yet, there is little evidence showing that increases in state capacity lowers the use of violent informal institutions to resolve disputes. Utilizing a novel dataset of violence—specifically, duels—across American states in the 19th century, we use the spread of… 
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