The Relationship between Regime type of State and War Depending on Economic Interdependence

By Joo Hyun An.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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Based on the trade that occurred between all states from 1870 to 2001, this research analyzes quantitatively the relationship between the states' regime type and military conflict depending on economic interdependence. Economic interrelation means that trade exists between two states. The implication of this study is that the conflict rate depends on the states' political regimes. This means that although states engage in trade with each other, they could still have military conflicts due to different political regimes. This is also true when economic interrelationship does not exist between states. Economic interrelationship influences greatly on international peace, however, small and large conflicts still occur in different places around the world. The result of this research indicates that states without thoroughly established regime types, such as the oligarchy system, experience more conflict even though economic interdependence exists.

Keywords: Economic Interdependence, Regime Type, Military Disputes

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, March 2015, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 544.904KB).

Joo Hyun An

Graduate Student, Political Science, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea