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What is a civil war ? a critical review of its definition and (econometric) consequences, Volume 1
Author:Gersovitz, Mark; Kriger, Norma; Country:Africa;
Date Stored:2013/04/03Document Date:2013/04/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Post Conflict Reintegration; Peace & Peacekeeping; International Affairs; Hazard Risk Management; Post Conflict Reconstruction
Report Number:WPS6397Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6397
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors argue that the academic literature, both qualitative and quantitative, has mislabeled most episodes of large-scale violence in Africa as civil war; these episodes better fit their concept of regional war complexes. The paper seeks to highlight the fundamental flaws in the conception of civil war in the econometric literature and their implications for econometric specification and estimation, problems that this literature is inherently incapable of rectifying. The authors advocate the comparative study of regional war complexes in Africa based on historical narratives.

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