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dc.contributor.authorKlein, G. R.
dc.contributor.authorTokdemir, Efe
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-30T13:02:39Z
dc.date.available2021-03-30T13:02:39Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn0738-8942
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/76020
dc.description.abstractDomestic political use of force is a strategy for political leaders to divert the public’s attention away from economic instability and rebuild political capital. But, diversionary incentives are not the only motivation; the targeted vulnerable minority’s capabilities are important. We analyze how the combination of diversionary incentive and out-group mobilization capabilities influences leaders’ decision-calculus. Embattled leaders make strategic decisions about both the target and the adequate severity of force to accomplish diversion without risking conflict escalation. We empirically test the resulting hypotheses using the Minorities at Risk dataset from 1998 to 2003 and find support for our expectations. Incentive alone does not determine domestic political use of force; the same incentive produces variance in the severity of force dependent on the targeted out-group’s mobilization capability. Governments match the severity of domestic force to political survival goals and the costs and risks of political use of force.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleConflict Management and Peace Scienceen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0738894216658675en_US
dc.subjectCoercionen_US
dc.subjectDomestic diversionen_US
dc.subjectin-group–out-groupen_US
dc.subjectMobilizationen_US
dc.subjectPolitical use of forceen_US
dc.subjectPolitical violenceen_US
dc.titleDomestic diversion: Selective targeting of minority out-groupsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of International Relationsen_US
dc.citation.spage20en_US
dc.citation.epage41en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber36en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber1en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0738894216658675en_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.contributor.bilkentauthorTokdemir, Efe
dc.identifier.eissn1549-9219


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