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The Effect of Regional Institutionalization on Violent Conflict: A Shaky Kantian Leg?

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Title: The Effect of Regional Institutionalization on Violent Conflict: A Shaky Kantian Leg?
Creators: Haftel, Yoram
Keywords: international organizations
institutionalization
international conflict
national security
violent conflict
Issue Date: 2004-03-01
Series/Report no.: Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Abstract: Are more institutionalized international organizations more effective in mitigating militarized interstate disputes? Realists expect no independent effect of international organizations on such disputes, regardless their level of institutionalization. Liberals, on the other hand, offer several mechanisms by international organizations may alleviate violent conflict. These mechanisms depend on the institutionalization of these organizations in important ways. I empirically evaluate the claims of these contending perspectives with respect to regional integration arrangements (RIAs). These organizations display a great deal of variation in their institutional design and the implementation thereof. Employing an event count model with a panel-data set up and controlling for several alternative explanations, the empirical analysis indicates that higher levels of regional institutionalization tend to reduce violent conflict at the regional level, but that this effect is rather weak.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/30697
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