To Intervene or Not to Intervene: How State Capacity Affects State Intervention and Communal Violence

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How does state capacity affect the state's ability to intervene in events of communal violence? Communal violence is conflict that occurs between two non-state groups that share a communal identity. The state controls the monopoly on the use of force, so it should be expected that the state will control these violent events. Research on intervention has shown that a state's military is an important indication of their ability to intervene. The study of other elements of state capacity such as the bureaucracy and political institutions have been largely ignored as factors to explain intervention. This paper builds on these ... continued below

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Wilson, Alexander C May 2018.

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How does state capacity affect the state's ability to intervene in events of communal violence? Communal violence is conflict that occurs between two non-state groups that share a communal identity. The state controls the monopoly on the use of force, so it should be expected that the state will control these violent events. Research on intervention has shown that a state's military is an important indication of their ability to intervene. The study of other elements of state capacity such as the bureaucracy and political institutions have been largely ignored as factors to explain intervention. This paper builds on these elements of state capacity to argue that intervention can be explained by the state's military, bureaucracy, and the institutions that are in place. This argument has support from an empirical analysis conducted through replication data in Sub-Saharan Africa from 1989 to 2010.

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Wilson, Alexander C. To Intervene or Not to Intervene: How State Capacity Affects State Intervention and Communal Violence, thesis, May 2018; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157510/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .