Date of Award

Fall 11-16-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr John S. Duffield

Second Advisor

Dr Charles R. Hankla

Third Advisor

Dr Ryan E. Carlin


Mixed regimes are often viewed as inherently less stable and more war prone than fully democratic or autocratic systems due to their low levels of institutionalization. I ask, are certain mixed regimes more or less war prone than other mixed regimes, based on the strength and orientation (more democratic or autocratic) of their political institutions? At ends with previous research, my findings suggest that institutionalization levels play little, if any role in the onset of interstate war.