Warfare, atrocities, and political participation: eastern Africa

Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research Vol/Iss. 10(4) Emerald Publishing Limited Published In Pages: ??
By Carol R. Ember , Eric C. Jones , Ian Skoggard , Tefere Abate Adem


The present study attempts to replicate the Ember, Ember, and Russett (1992) worldwide finding that fighting rarely occurs between democracies in a sample of eastern African societies. Following the earlier study, the authors considered internal warfare to be an analog of international warfare and measures of political participation analogous to democracy. The researchers also explore if there is an association between political participation and committing atrocities. Contrary to past findings, internal warfare was not predicted by the same set of variables as the 1992 study, but there is an inverse relationship between committing atrocities and political participation. However, when additional variables were added, internal warfare was significantly predicted by less political participation.

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