Threat and Repression: The Non-Linear Relationship between Government and Opposition Violence

  title={Threat and Repression: The Non-Linear Relationship between Government and Opposition Violence},
  author={Scott Sigmund Gartner and Patrick Regan},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={273 - 287}
An understanding of the causes of political repression has continually eluded researchers for the past decade. We argue that much of this can be tied to the theoretical specifications of the models employed. We developed a decision-theoretic model that predicts the level of repression used by governments to suppress political opposition. We believe that analysis of repression needs to include the political contexts in which states operate. In particular, we theorize and find that the nature of… 

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