Matthias Basedau / Birte Pfeiffer / Johannes Vüllers

Data Set to Article: Bad Religion? Religion, Collective Action, and the Onset of Armed Conflict in Developing Countries

Anecdotal evidence from many armed conflicts suggests that religion incites violence. However, empirical research has hitherto found no conclusive answer on the extent to which religion is connected to armed conflict onset. Contributing to the filling of this gap, the RCDC database incorporates important religious factors that previous studies left largely untested. The data set covers 130 developing countries for the period 1990 to 2010. Results from logistic regressions confirm our expectation that certain religious factors fuel armed conflict—in particular, the overlap of religious and other identities, religious groups’ grievances, and religious leaders’ calls for violence. We also find that religious determinants vary in their impact according to whether conflicts are religious or not in origin. The data set has been published as supplement to the article “Bad religion? Religion, Collective Action, and the Onset of Armed Conflict in Developing Countries” in the “Journal of Conflict Resolution”.

Source

Religious Freedom Reports
Human Rights Practices Country Reports
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Year of publication
2014
Period of investigation
2011
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Journal of Conflict Resolution

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GIGA Authors

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
Editor GIGA Focus Africa

Dr. Birte Pfeiffer (née Pohl)

Research Data Management
Research Fellow

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