The Effect of Political Regime on Civil War

  title={The Effect of Political Regime on Civil War},
  author={James Raymond Vreeland},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={401 - 425}
  • J. Vreeland
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
Research published in the American Political Science Review shows that anocracies—as defined by the middle of the Polity index of political regime—are more susceptible to civil war than are either pure democracies or pure dictatorships. Yet, certain components of the Polity index include a factional category, where political competition is ``intense, hostile, and frequently violent. Extreme factionalism may be manifested in the establishment of rival governments and in civil war'' (Gurr 1989… 

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