Why Bad Governance Leads to Repeat Civil War

  title={Why Bad Governance Leads to Repeat Civil War},
  author={Barbara F. Walter},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={1242 - 1272}
  • Barbara F. Walter
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
Most contemporary civil wars are now recurrences of earlier civil wars. In contrast to classic theories of grievance and opportunity, this article advances a theory of civil war recurrence that highlights the critical role political and legal institutions play in constraining elites in post–civil war states. Such constraints serve as a check on executive power, help incumbent elites credibly commit to political reform, and create a situation where rebels need not maintain militias as a… 

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