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State Repression Domestic Democratic Peace

State Repression Domestic Democratic Peace

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State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace
Does democracy decrease state repression in line with the expectations of gov-ernments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, socialmovements, scholars, and ordinary citizens around the world? At present, mostbelievethatadomesticdemocraticpeaceexists,rivalingthatfoundintherealmof interstate conflict. Based on an investigation of 137 countries from 1976 to1996, this book seeks to shed light on this question. Specifically, three resultsemerge. First, even though different aspects of democracy decrease repressivebehavior, not all do so to the same degree. Human rights violations are espe-cially responsive to electoral participation and competition. Second, althoughdifferent types of repression are reduced, not all are limited at comparable lev-els. Personal integrity violations are decreased more than civil liberties restric-tions. Third, the domestic democratic peace is not bulletproof; the negativeinfluence of democracy on repression can be overwhelmed by political conflict. Thisresearchaltersourconceptionofrepression,itsanalysis,anditsresolution.ChristianDavenportisanAssociateProfessorofPoliticalScienceattheUniver-sity of Maryland–College Park, as well as Director of the Radical InformationProject(RIP).Heistheauthorofmorethan25articlesappearinginthe
 Ameri-can Political Science Review
, the
American Journal of Political Science
, the
Journal of Politics 
,the
 JournalofConflictResolution
,
PoliticalResearchQuarterly
,
ComparativePolitical Studies 
, and the
Monthly Review
(among others). He is the recipient of numerous grants (including five from the National Science Foundation) andawards, including the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award, thePi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award from the Midwest Political Science Asso-ciation for 2005, 1 of 50 Leaders of Tomorrow by 
Ebony Magazine
in 1995,and the Malcolm X Lover’s Keeper of the Flame Award in 1992. The editor of two books,
Paths to State Repression
and
Repression and Mobilization
, Davenportis currently completing another book entitled
The Rashomon Effect: Contentious Politics, Data Generation and the Importance of Perspective
. For the 2006–7 aca-demic year, he is a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. For the 2007–8 academic year, he will be a visiting scholar at the PeaceResearch Institute in Oslo at the Center for the Study of Civil War.

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