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A small victorious war: political institutions and international conflict

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    The paper provides an extremly simple model of the interaction of international and internal conflicts. However, unlike the dominant approach in the literature, which looks at these two types of conflicts as substitutes in terms of investments of agents, this paper analyzes the situation when these investments are complementary. In this case the existence of internal conflict may in fact trigger international war. The discussion is then placed in the context of the democratic peace theory.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 17041.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17041

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    Keywords: Democratic peace; internal conflict; international conflict;

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