Dealing with time in the quantitative study of conflict


Brown, G. K. and Langer, A., 2009. Dealing with time in the quantitative study of conflict. Working Paper. Oxford: Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security, and Ethnicity.

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    This paper explores the ways in which the quantitative literature on the onset of violent conflict deals with the passage of time. We argue that current approaches are insufficient for dealing with the methodological challenges raised by this issue. In particular, we argue that quantitative innovations have focused on resolving problems of ‘relative time’, relating a given year observation to previous year observation within a single case. But this has not addressed the more problematic epistemological question about the passage of absolute time. The paper suggests a number of routes towards addressing this problem.


    Item Type Reports/Papers (Working Paper)
    CreatorsBrown, G. K.and Langer, A.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    ID Code13431
    Additional InformationFor a more recent version of this article, please see: Brown, G. K. and Langer, A., 2011. Riding the ever-rolling stream: Time and the ontology of violent conflict. World Development, 39 (2), pp. 188-198.


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