Unpacking escalation

Alex R Braithwaite, Douglas Lemke

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • concept measurement
  • conflict escalation
  • Militarized Interstate Disputes (MIDs)
  • selection effects
  • territory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Unpacking escalation. / Braithwaite, Alex R; Lemke, Douglas.

In: Conflict Management and Peace Science, Vol. 28, No. 2, 04.2011, p. 111-123.

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Braithwaite, Alex R ; Lemke, Douglas. / Unpacking escalation. In: Conflict Management and Peace Science. 2011 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 111-123.
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