The "Levels of analysis" approach to the study of foreign intervention in civil war

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Political Studies Association Conference 6-9 July 2008, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Political Studies Association
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Political Studies Association Annual Conference - Brisbane
Duration: 6 Jul 20089 Jul 2008

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Political Studies Association Annual Conference
CityBrisbane
Period6/07/089/07/08

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    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.