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Title: Replication data for: Micro-cleavages and Violence in Civil Wars: A Computational Assessment      
dateReleased:
12-22-2014
downloadURL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/28444
ID:
doi:10.7910/DVN/28444
description:
Many accounts of civil war violence assume that a conflict's master cleavage also explains the local occurrence of violence. Some scholars, however, have argued that violence is often the result of local cleavages and feuds, many of which may be unrelated to the conflict's master cleavage. How is local violence related to the conflict's master cleavage? Using a computational model, this paper studies an alliance mechanism proposed by Kalyvas (2006), where macro actors support local ones that fight on their behalf. While these alliances create a principal-agent problem, the model shows that they can raise the overall severity of the conflict and serve the interests of the macro actor. However, the model also shows that these mechanisms work only under limited conditions. Alliances can increase the level of violence perpetrated in the interest of the macro actor, but only if (i) the latter supports agents which have in the past fought along the master cleavage and if (ii) this happens in rural areas. This emphasizes again the importance of the rural dimension in the study of civil war.
description:
Weidmann, Nils B, 2014, "Replication data for: Micro-cleavages and Violence in Civil Wars: A Computational Assessment", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/28444, Harvard Dataverse, V1
name:
Weidmann, Nils B
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997