Date of Award

Spring 6-8-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Geri Mason

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Doug Downing

Keywords

globalization, conflict

Abstract

The world is becoming increasingly more interconnected with technological advances leading to more and more globalization. It is important to see how globalization affects society, especially in the lesser developed post-conflict regions of Africa. The theories of liberalism, Marxism, and realism all offer plausible, yet strikingly different theories on the relationship between globalization and conflict. This paper conceptually examines the dominant theories of globalization and conflict, then uses open-source panel data on globalization and conflict in Africa to empirically test which theory is supported by the data, then tests if there is a correlation between the rate of globalization and conflict. [MG1] The purpose of this paper is to offer an explanation for the lack of theoretical cohesiveness on the topic through analysis of panel data. The study reports three main findings: globalization and conflict have a negative correlation, the rate of change of globalization and conflict have a positive correlation, and, while neither are statistically significant, the rate of change of globalization is overall more significant and more impactful than the level of globalization.

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