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Water-Related Intrastate Conflict and Cooperation (WARICC): A New Event Dataset

Bernauer, T and Böhmelt, T and Buhaug, H and Gleditsch, NP and Tribaldos, T and Weibust, EB and Wischnath, G (2012) 'Water-Related Intrastate Conflict and Cooperation (WARICC): A New Event Dataset.' International Interactions, 38 (4). 529 - 545. ISSN 0305-0629

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Water scarcity is widely regarded as a key factor linking climate variability and change with conflict. However, existing research on the water-conflict nexus is hampered by poor data that inhibits drawing firm conclusions on the role of water in shaping societal stability and security. This article reports on the construction of a new dataset on subnational and georeferenced events over domestic water-related cooperation and conflict for 35 countries in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Sahel for 1997-2009. The main value of this dataset is in its precision. Its key component, the Water Events Scale (WES), records the exact time, location, and intensity of water-related conflictive and cooperative events, as well as the actors involved. A few descriptive statistics and illustrations serve to demonstrate the usefulness of the new dataset for quantitative analyses of intrastate conflict and cooperation over water resources. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2014 14:22
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 20:15

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