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33 J. Conflict Resol. 3 (1989)

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Regime Types and

International Conflict, 1816-1976

New  York University

   This study replicates and extends previous inquiries on the relations between regime
type and conflict involvement of states. It examines the robustness of previous findings
with respect to various regime attributes, various conflict involvement measures, and units
of analysis. Using two comprehensive datasets on polity characteristics and militarized
interstate disputes, the empirical analyses reveal: (1) There are no relations between regime
type and conflict involvement measures when the unit of analysis is the individual polity
(i.e., a state characterized by a certain regime type over a given time span); this finding is
robust in that it holds over most regime characteristics and conflict involvement measures.
(2) There is a significant relationship between the regime characteristics of a dyad and the
probability of conflict involvement of that dyad: Democracies rarely clash with one
another, and never fight one another in war. (3) Both the proportion of democratic dyads
and the proportion of autocratic dyads in the international system significantly affect the
number  of disputes begun and underway. But the proportion of democratic dyads in the
system has a negative effect on the number of wars begun and on the proportion of
disputes that escalate to war.

  This   article examines   the extent  to  which  political and  economic
structures  within states are related to patterns  of international conflict
involvement.   We  reassess the well-known hypothesis that political and
economic freedom (often, but not exclusively, associated with de-
mocracy)   is inversely related to the magnitude   of international conflict

    AUTHORS'   NOTE:   An earlier version of this article was presented at the annual
meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 3-6,
1987. Data on regime types were made available by the Inter-University Consortium of
Political and Social Research. The data were collected by Ted Robert and Erika Gurr
(Gurr, 1974, 1978). Neither the original collectors of the data nor the Consortium bears
any responsibility for the analyses and interpretations presented here. We wish to thank
Ric Stoll for comments and J. David Singer for his continued encouragement of this

JOURNAL   OF CONFLICT  RESOLUTION,  Vol. 33 No, 1, March 1989 3-35
o 1989 Sage Publications, Inc.


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