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Manpower to coerce and co-opt: state capacity and political violence in southern Sudan 2006–2010

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De Juan, Alexander; Pierskalla, Jan H.

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Abstract This paper investigates the role of state capacity for political violence. Most previous studies have suffered from inadequacies of country-level data, questionable validity of indicators or theoretical shortcomings. This paper aims at overcoming some of these challenges. We focus on one specific aspect of state capacity: the role of governmental manpower. We argue that its subnational effect on political violence follows a non-linear, inverted-U shape. We investigate this hypothesis in the context of southern Sudan, covering the period from 2006 to 2010. We use unique data on the geographical distribution of public personnel across 75 southern Sudanese counties. The data are matched with geocoded data on violent events as well as various socio-economic indicators. Our fixed-effects estimations indicate that particularly low or high levels of state capacity are associated with low levels of violence. Counties with intermediate numbers of state personnel experience the highest numbers of violent events.
Keywords political violence; South Sudan; socioeconomic factors; capacity to act; political governance; public policy; political institution; government control; propensity to violence; public service; East Africa
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 1-25
Journal Conflict Management and Peace Science (2014)
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0738894213520393
ISSN 1549-9219
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.