Drugs, Governance, and Civil Conflict

Conference Paper

Gates, Scott; & Lektzian, David 2008 Drugs, Governance, and Civil Conflict, presented at International Studies Association, , 2008.

Drugs, Lootable Resources, Governance, Corruption

Most research claims that lootable resources are a major factor in the outbreak of civil war because they provide funding for rebellion, but when endogenous relationships are modeled, we find little evidence to support this direct relationship. Instead our analysis demonstrates an indi-rect effect; drug production weakens government structures, which in turn leads to an increased probability of civil war.

Authors

Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Research Professor. Editor, International Area Studies Review

David Lektzian

David Lektzian

Senior Researcher/Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas Tech University