Power Parity, Democracy, and the Severity of Internal Violence

  title={Power Parity, Democracy, and the Severity of Internal Violence},
  author={Michelle Benson and Jacek Kugler},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={196 - 209}
This study applies insights from the power parity and the democratic peace perspectives to the issue of internal political violence. These two international relations perspectives translate well to the domain of domestic politics. Relative parity of resources between the government and the opposition are shown to lead to higher levels of violence. Democratic countries with highly competitive and participatory institutions are able to mitigate violent conflict within their borders. Efficient… 

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