War, Revolution, and the Growth of the Coercive State

  title={War, Revolution, and the Growth of the Coercive State},
  author={T. Gurr},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={45 - 65}
  • T. Gurr
  • Published 1988
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Political Studies
Modern states are powerful, resilient institutions, the most durable of which have established and consolidated their rule through conquest, revolution, and war. Successful involvement in violent conflict leads to the development of militarized and police states and reinforces elite political cultures that favor the use of coercion in future disputes. If warfare has unfavorable outcomes, elites will prefer noncoercive strategies in the future. From these and other propositions are derived… Expand
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