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Separating dirty war from dirty peace: Revisiting the conceptualization of state repression in quantitative data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2015 (English)In: European Political Science, ISSN 1680-4333, E-ISSN 1682-0983, Vol. 14, no 4, 458-472 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What is state repression? This article explores in detail how state repressionis conceptualized by the two most prevalent data sets employed byqualitative scholars: the Political Terror Scale (PTS) and the Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) data set. The article uses disaggregated data on thecharacteristics of state’s repressive strategy and compare changes in thesesubcomponents in years when the overall measure of repression increasesor decreases. Following bivariate and multivariate analyses of eighteenWest African countries with a history of fluctuating human rights practices,the article finds that both the PTS and CIRI scores are primarily influencedby military involvement in human rights violations. The article highlightsthe need for more scholarship on the mechanisms behind the finding thatdemocracies are less repressive than other regimes and motivates morestudies on how and when repression decreases.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Vol. 14, no 4, 458-472 p.
Keyword [en]
State repression, Dataset, Dynamics
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266930DOI: 10.1057/eps.2015.63ISI: 000364798900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-266930DiVA: diva2:870401
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1514
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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