Abstract

This thesis looks at alternative causes of civil war onset. Specifically, the role of repression is examined to show how the specific type, being nonviolent or violent, and the target, being indiscriminate or selective, matter and depending on the tactics undertaken can lead to the onset of civil war. It also sheds light on the often understudied role that external actors in the international system can play in escalating an uprising towards the onset of civil war as well.

Department

Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Date of Award

6-1-2016

Online Submission Date

May 2016

First Advisor

Koehler, Kevin

Committee Member 1

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 2

Sika, Nadine

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

128 p.

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The author retains all rights with regard to copyright. The author certifies that written permission from the owner(s) of third-party copyrighted matter included in the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study has been obtained. The author further certifies that IRB approval has been obtained for this thesis, or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), the author has granted consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy.

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