I Want You! The Determinants of Military Conscription

@article{Asal2017IWY,
  title={I Want You! The Determinants of Military Conscription},
  author={Victor Asal and Justin Conrad and Nathan W. Toronto},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={2017},
  volume={61},
  pages={1456 - 1481}
}
What explains the use of military conscription? Using a new data set of more than 100 countries over a period of 200 years, we examine the determinants of a state’s decision to implement a military draft. We argue that the decision to use conscription is largely dependent on historical factors. Specifically, we contend that former British colonies are less likely to use conscription as a means of military recruitment because of an anticonscription precedent set during the English Civil War. We… 

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