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Title: Riding the Ever-Rolling Stream: Time and the Ontology of Violent Conflict
Authors: Brown, Graham K ×
Langer, Arnim #
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Publisher: Pergamon-elsevier science ltd
Series Title: World Development vol:39 issue:2 pages:188-198
Abstract: In this paper, we examine the ways in which the passage of time is dealt with in econometric studies of violent conflict and civil war with empirical attention to the dynamics of ethnic conflict. We argue that the mainstream approach to econometric studies of civil war is based on a time-invariant ontology and that this is not an appropriate or adequate way of capturing the causal patterns of violent conflict. Based analysis of replication datasets using structural break analysis and rolling windows, we show how careful attention to the passage of time reveals important macro-historical changes in the coefficients on ethnic diversity in explaining conflict incidence. We conclude that econometric studies of civil war need to pay more careful attention to the limitations on the generalizations that they draw through attention to the passage of time and better iteration with qualitative and historical studies. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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ISSN: 0305-750X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
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