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Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States

Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States

by Jesse Driscoll


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Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States

The breakup of the U.S.S.R. was unexpected and unexpectedly peaceful. Though a third of the new states fell prey to violent civil conflict, anarchy on the post-Soviet periphery, when it occurred, was quickly cauterized. This book argues that this outcome had nothing to do with security guarantees by Russia or the United Nations and everything to do with local innovation by ruthless warlords, who competed and colluded in a high-risk coalition formation game. Drawing on a structured comparison of Georgian and Tajik militia members, the book combines rich comparative data with formal modeling, treating the post-Soviet space as an extraordinary laboratory to observe the limits of great powers' efforts to shape domestic institutions in weak states.

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ISBN-13: 9781107063358
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Jesse Driscoll is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. He was an fellow of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University, Connecticut and a GAGE fellow at the University of Virginia, and most recently a member of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies from 2009�3. His work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research and Politics, and the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Table of Contents

1. Revisionist history; 2. Predator collusion: a high-stakes game; 3. Kto kogo?; 4. Warlord coalitions and militia politics; 5. Coup-proofing; 6. Implications; Case selection and external validity; Mathematical proofs; Anonymous warlords.

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