Leader Succession and Civil War

@article{Kokkonen2020LeaderSA,
  title={Leader Succession and Civil War},
  author={Andrej Kokkonen and A. Sundell},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2020},
  volume={53},
  pages={434 - 468}
}
Leadership succession is a perennial source of instability in autocratic regimes. Despite this, it has remained a curiously understudied phenomenon in political science. In this article, we compile a novel and comprehensive dataset on civil war in Europe and combine it with data on the fate of monarchs in 28 states over 800 years to investigate how autocratic succession affected the risk of civil war. Exploiting the natural deaths of monarchs to identify exogenous variation in successions, we… Expand
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