State Sponsorship of Self-Determination Movements: Does Sponsorship Really Lead to Autonomy Concessions?
An analytical blind spot exists within the International Relations literature regarding the causal impacts that state sponsorship of self-determination movements has on the outcomes of intrastate conflicts. This gap in our collective knowledge is due in part to the trend within the existing literature to aggregate all forms of third-party intervention when conducting empirical analysis. Additionally, most scholars fail to distinguish self-determination movements with other forms of insurgency. This dissertation argues that the interaction of state sponsorship and self-determination movements are theoretically and operationally distinct from other forms of intervention and insurgencies warranting a disaggregation in empirical studies. This dissertation, through the creation of a novel dataset, provides such a study. The author finds that, contrary to the traditional assumptions surrounding third-party intervention in intrastate conflicts, sponsorship has little discernable causal impact on the granting or restricting of autonomy and independence rights.
International Relations|Political science|Military studies
Kerr, Thomas C, "State Sponsorship of Self-Determination Movements: Does Sponsorship Really Lead to Autonomy Concessions?" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations. AAI30690047.
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