This paper argues that the “levels of analysis” approach offers a promising framework for the study of civil war and, in particular, the impact of foreign intervention in civil war. By surveying the literature and extracting patterns, the paper submits that it is useful to conceptualise three levels of abstraction in civil war: the system, communal, and individual levels. The paper concludes by showing that, unlike in other areas of political science, during civil war, anarchy is the defining characteristic at every level of analysis. This feature further highlights the distinctive character of civil war as a political, economic and social event.
|Title of host publication||Australian Political Studies Association Conference 6-9 July 2008, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane|
|Subtitle of host publication||conference proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Brisbane|
|Publisher||Australian Political Studies Association|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference - Brisbane|
Duration: 6 Jul 2008 → 9 Jul 2008
|Conference||Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference|
|Period||6/07/08 → 9/07/08|
Lockyer, A. (2008). The "Levels of analysis" approach to the study of foreign intervention in civil war. In Australian Political Studies Association Conference 6-9 July 2008, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane: conference proceedings (pp. 1-16). Brisbane: Australian Political Studies Association.