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From Claims to Violence: Signaling, Outbidding, and Escalation in Ethnic Conflict

Vogt, Manuel and Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede and Cederman, Lars-Erik (2021) 'From Claims to Violence: Signaling, Outbidding, and Escalation in Ethnic Conflict.' Journal of Conflict Resolution, 65 (7-8). 1278 - 1307. ISSN 0022-0027

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Do radical political demands increase the risk of ethnic civil conflict? And why do ethnic movements make radical demands in the first place? We contend that when movements are fragmented, individual organizations use far-reaching claims relative to the status quo to attract attention from the government, boost intra-organizational discipline, and outbid rivals. Yet, such radical claims also increase the risk of conflict escalation. We test our arguments at both the ethnic group and organizational levels, using a new dataset on ethno-political organizations and their political demands. Our results show that the scope of demands increases the more organizations exist within an ethnic movement and that radical demands increase the risk of civil conflict onset. This effect is specific to the dyadic government-movement interaction, irrespective of other ethnic groups in the country. Moreover, at the organizational level, radicalization in demands increases the likelihood that an organization becomes engaged in civil conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil wars; internal armed conflict; conflict, rebellion
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 09:58

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