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Viva la Revolución, or: Do Revolutions Lead to More Democracy?

Vanessa A. Boese
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  • School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Empirical Labour Economics, Spandauer Str. 1, Berlin 10178, Germany
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Published Online: 2015-09-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2015-0027


There is a vast amount of studies on the origins of revolutions and armed conflict. However, there is no empirical analysis of the political outcome of revolutionary conflicts. A second branch of research focuses on waves of democratization. This paper fills the gap and links the two fields by examining the importance of revolutions as an explanatory factor for changes in systems of governance. Using a data set covering 135 countries from 1960–2011, global changes in the level of democracy are examined. The revolutionary conflicts examined in the panel had a positive influence on a countrys democratic path. In addition the effect of selected variables on the development of the system of governance is analyzed in more detail.

Keywords: conflict; democracy; democratization; polity; revolution


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Corresponding author: Vanessa A. Boese, School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Empirical Labour Economics, Spandauer Str. 1, Berlin 10178, Germany, E-mail:

Published Online: 2015-09-03

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, ISSN (Print) 1079-2457, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2015-0027. Export Citation

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