Political violence

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This indicator is made of three variables, assassinations, purges, and riots. Assassinations are defined as “any politically motivated murder or attempted murder of a high government official or politician”; purges are defined as “any systematic elimination by jailing or execution of political opposition within the ranks of the regime or the opposition”; and riots are defined as “any violent demonstration or clash of more than 100 citizens involving the use of physical force”. These three variables measure the number of reported events, and not the number of victims or the size of the event which are obviously difficult to record. Performance score from 0 to 100. The lowest score reflects the best situation.

Source: Cross National Time Series data archive (CNTS).

Indicators used in this group

  • intensity of violence during regime changes
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  • Intensity of violence caused by genocide and politicide
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