Conflict; Indiscriminate Violence; Elite Competition; Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology; Causal Inference for Rare Events
Eelco van der Maat
Fields of study: International Relations, Political Methodology
- Eelco van der Maat is a PhD candidate specializing in the study of conflict and violence, the intersection between quantitative and qualitative methods, and causal inference with respect to rare events. His work has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research. In his dissertation research, he examines the relationship between elite competition within authoritarian regimes and mass indiscriminate violence. Building on recent insights on authoritarianism, he argues that mass indiscriminate violence is a rational reaction to elite competition: indiscriminate violence serves as a costly self-coup for leaders experiencing intra-regime threat. His proudest achievement to date is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded for being a European Union citizen and he has a penchant for writing about himself in the third person.
- Van der Maat, Eelco. 2011. “Sleeping Hegemons: Third-party Intervention following Territorial Integrity Transgressions.” Journal of Peace Research 48 (2): 201-215.
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