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Political Systems and Conflict Management

Authors
  • Goldman, Ralph M.
  • Nikolov, Stephan E.
Type
Book
Journal
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Pages
1641–1656
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/B978-012373985-8.00138-0
ISBN: 978-0-12-373985-8
Source
Elsevier
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Abstract

Political systems, when viewed as black boxes, handle conflict inputs in ways that produce outputs that affect attitudes of trust as well as the structural aspects of institutions. The black box itself acts as a marketplace for transactions in political currencies. There is historical evidence that certain patterns of transaction promote transitions from warfare to less violent institutional arrangements, particularly by strengthening competitive political party systems. The system’s transactions may also, through structural changes, advance institutional integration by socializing members, formalizing offices, or modifying circumstances of incumbency.

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