De facto states in international politics (1945–2011): a new data set

Florea, A. (2014) De facto states in international politics (1945–2011): a new data set. International Interactions, 40(5), pp. 788-811. (doi: 10.1080/03050629.2014.915543)

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Sovereign states remain the primary units of analysis in conflict research. Yet, the empirical record suggests that the international system includes a wider range of actors whose behavior is relevant for conflict outcomes. This article introduces De Facto States in International Politics (1945–2011), a new data set dedicated to understanding the behavior of de facto states—separatist statelike entities such as Abkhazia. I begin by explaining why de facto states deserve attention. Further, I provide a definition of the de facto state that separates it from cognate phenomena. Thereafter, I offer an overview of the data set and illustrate its utility by demonstrating how it contributes to the literatures on war and state making, civil war, and rebel governance.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Florea, Dr Adrian
Authors: Florea, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:International Interactions
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1547-7444

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