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Measuring Revolution

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  • Jeff Colgan

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Domestic political upheaval has profound consequences, both for the country in which it takes place and for international politics. It is therefore striking that there is no standard cross-national time-series dataset that focuses specifically on the concept of revolution. This article aims to address that gap by introducing a new dataset on revolutionary governments and leaders, 1945–2004. Revolutionary leaders tend to be younger, to have longer tenure in office, and to be more prone to international conflicts than non-revolutionary leaders. This new dataset facilitates quantitative analyses of a variety of questions about both the causes and consequences of revolutionary governments.

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  • Jeff Colgan, 2012. "Measuring Revolution," Conflict Management and Peace Science, Peace Science Society (International), vol. 29(4), pages 444-467, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:compsc:v:29:y:2012:i:4:p:444-467
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    1. Pierre-Guillaume Méon & Khalid Sekkat, 2016. "A time to throw stones, a time to reap: How long does it take for democratic transitions to improve institutional outcomes?," Working Papers CEB 16-016, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Mare Sarr & Chiara Ravetti & Tim Swanson, 2015. "Why Give Aid to Resource-Rich Autocrats?," CIES Research Paper series 39-2015, Centre for International Environmental Studies, The Graduate Institute.
    3. Mare Sarr & Timothy Swanson & Chiara Ravetti & Siri Wingaard, 2012. "Aiding and Abetting the Looting of Nations: The impact of Aid on growth in Autocracies," CIES Research Paper series 15-2012, Centre for International Environmental Studies, The Graduate Institute.
    4. Cullen S. Hendrix, 2014. "Oil Prices and Interstate Conflict Behavior," Working Paper Series WP14-3, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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