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The Political Economy Of State Terror

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  • Emizet Kisangani
  • E. Wayne Nafziger

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This paper analyzes factors contributing to terrorism, using its initial meaning from the French Revolution in which the state is the terrorist. The independent economic variables are mineral exports/GDP, military expenditures/GDP, real GDP growth, real per capita GDP, and population density, and the dependent variable is democide, the murder of people by government. Analysis of the data indicates that mineral exports and poor economic performance (both level and growth of income) increase the probability of democides. However, once regime type (democracy) is controlled for, only mineral exports remain statistically robust. Therefore, the control of rents seems to be a major factor contributing to democides.

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  • Emizet Kisangani & E. Wayne Nafziger, 2007. "The Political Economy Of State Terror," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(5), pages 405-414.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:18:y:2007:i:5:p:405-414
    DOI: 10.1080/10242690701455433
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    1. de Soysa, Indra & Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene, 2013. "The natural resource curse and the spread of HIV/AIDS, 1990–2008," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 90-96.
    2. Frey, Bruno S., 2009. "How can business cope with terrorism?," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 779-787, September.

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    Democide; Terror; Rent seeking;

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