Political violence

An institutional approach

Authored by: Laia Balcells

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415630887
eBook ISBN: 9781315731377
Adobe ISBN: 9781317551799


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Are institutions relevant for understanding political violence? The relationship between violence and institutions is as old as Hobbes (Levi and Menaldo, Chapter 2). In fact, if we assume that political violence and order are two sides of the same coin, we can argue that the fundamental questions that have inspired political theorists for centuries are necessarily related to political violence. 1

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