The Historical Origins of Territorial Disputes

@article{Abramson2016TheHO,
  title={The Historical Origins of Territorial Disputes},
  author={Scott F. Abramson and David B. Carter},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2016},
  volume={110},
  pages={675 - 698}
}
Given the abundance of evidence that disputed territory matters, we know remarkably little about the origins of territorial claims. We argue that the presence of competing historical border precedents is central to the emergence of territorial claims. We outline why precedents provide opportunity to make claims and provide two possible explanations for why leaders have incentive to claim along precedents. One possibility is consistent with the conventional wisdom that incentive derives from… Expand
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