Introduction to Special Issue on “Disaggregating Civil War”

Non-refereed Journal Article

Cederman, Lars-Erik & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (2009) Introduction to Special Issue on “Disaggregating Civil War”, Journal of Conflict Resolution 53(4): 487–495.

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We introduce the contributions to this special issue on “Disaggregating Civil War.” We review the problems arising from excessive aggregation in studies of civil war, and outline how disaggregation promises to provide better insights into the causes and dynamics of civil wars, using the articles in this special issue as examples. We comment on the issue of the appropriate level of disaggregation, lessons learned from these articles, and issues for further research.

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