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dc.contributor.authorAcemoglu, Daron
dc.contributor.authorTicchi, Davide
dc.contributor.authorVindigni, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-08T18:27:39Z
dc.date.available2010-10-08T18:27:39Z
dc.date.issued2010-04
dc.date.submitted2009-09
dc.identifier.issn1542-4766
dc.identifier.issn1542-4774
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/58990
dc.description.abstractA notable feature of post-World War II civil wars is their very long average duration. We provide a theory of the persistence of civil wars. The civilian government can successfully defeat rebellious factions only by creating a relatively strong army. In weakly-institutionalized polities this opens the way for excessive in?uence or coups by the military. Civilian governments whose rents are largely una¤ected by civil wars then choose small and weak armies that are incapable of ending insurrections. Our framework also shows that when civilian governments need to take more decisive action against rebels, they may be forced to build over-sized armies, beyond the size necessary for ?ghting the insurrection, as a commitment to not reforming the military in the future.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Fundation (U.S.)en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMIT Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jeea.2010.8.2-3.664en_US
dc.rightsArticle is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use.en_US
dc.sourceMIT Pressen_US
dc.subjectcivil warsen_US
dc.subjectcommitmenten_US
dc.subjectcoupsen_US
dc.subjectmilitaryen_US
dc.subjectpolitical transitionsen_US
dc.subjectpolitical economyen_US
dc.titlePersistence of civil warsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationAcemoglu, Daron, Davide Ticchi and Andrea Vindigni. "Persistence of civil wars." Journal of the European Economic Association 2010 8:2-3, 664-676. © 2010 by the European Economic Associationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.approverAcemoglu, Daron
dc.contributor.mitauthorAcemoglu, Daron
dc.relation.journalJournal of the European Economic Associationen_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsAcemoglu, Daron; Ticchi, Davide; Vindigni, Andreaen
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0908-7491
mit.licensePUBLISHER_POLICYen_US


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