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Unpacking Escalation

Braithwaite, A; Lemke, D; (2011) Unpacking Escalation. CONFLICT MANAG PEACE , 28 (2) 111 - 123. 10.1177/0738894210396631.

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Past studies vary widely in how they measure conflict escalation. The use of different measures of escalation is understandable because theories about escalation do not specify how the concept should be measured. But the use of different measures of escalation hinders cumulation. We contribute to the literature on conflict escalation by comparing a variety of measures of escalation. We demonstrate how few robust relationships there are across different measures of escalation. Importantly, though, we find a consistent influence of territory on escalatory processes which is insensitive to how escalation is measured.

Type: Article
Title: Unpacking Escalation
DOI: 10.1177/0738894210396631
Keywords: concept measurement, conflict escalation, Militarized Interstate Disputes (MIDs), selection effects, territory, STATUS-QUO EVALUATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT, INTERSTATE CONFLICT, DEMOCRATIC PEACE, GREAT-POWERS, REGIME TYPES, ARMS RACES, WAR, DISPUTES, MODEL
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Political Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1338873
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