Political Instability and Genocide: Comparing Causes in Asia and the Pacific and Globally

Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention (New York: Routledge; Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman, editors) (Forthcoming)

43 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2012  

Benjamin E. Goldsmith

The University of Sydney

Dimitri Semenovich

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Arcot Sowmya

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: September 10, 2012

Abstract

Do factors associated with the outbreak of genocidal violence differ across global regions? This chapter focuses on the role of institutions relating to democratic or authoritarian governance, using statistical models to test hypotheses on five decades of data. Improved understanding of causal factors and potential regional differences can contribute to capabilities for early warning and prevention. The analysis suggests that the roles of domestic political institutions are not substantially different in the Asia and Pacific region as compared to the rest of the world, but rather are strikingly similar, which bodes well for forecasting models cast on a global scale.

Suggested Citation

Goldsmith, Benjamin E. and Semenovich, Dimitri and Sowmya, Arcot, Political Instability and Genocide: Comparing Causes in Asia and the Pacific and Globally (September 10, 2012). Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention (New York: Routledge; Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman, editors) (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144199

Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Dimitri Semenovich

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
0293856532 (Phone)

Arcot Sowmya

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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