857-0006-00L  Political Order and Conflict

Semester Spring Semester 2017
Lecturers L.‑E. Cederman, M. Vogt
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English
Comment Number of participants limited to 15.
Registration required at: lcederman@ethz.ch. MACIS students are given priority.


Abstract This seminar builds on the MACIS seminar on political violence and covers primarily the quantitative literature on civil and regional wars, especially with respect to the effect of economic and ethnic factors, political institutions and the geographic and international context. The students will develop an original research question to be dealt with in a research paper.
Objective This seminar covers ethnic violence, political-economy perspectives on war, the role of political institutions, and the international dimensions of civil conflict. The goal of the seminar is to expose the students to these topics by allowing them to discuss them in class and to write a term paper addressing an original research question.