Institutional Similarity and Interstate Conflict

  title={Institutional Similarity and Interstate Conflict},
  author={Mark Souva},
  journal={International Interactions},
  pages={263 - 280}
  • Mark Souva
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Economics
  • International Interactions
This paper makes two arguments. First, the political and economic institutions of a state affect that state's foreign policy preferences. Second, dyads with similar political and economic institutions are less likely to experience conflict than other types of dyads. After developing the logic of these arguments, I create measures of political and economic institutional similarity and test the hypotheses against the empirical record. The empirical analysis supports the argument that dyadic… 

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