Examining Security Institutions and Violent Instability (Constitutional Legal Frameworks)
This summer I will be continuing my work with Dr. Matanock as a research assistant. My primary job is to take information listed in the constitutions of selected countries and code them. The coding protocol focuses on variables that can be coded using country’s constitutions and amendments. Our data set covers developing countries between 1980 and 2017, and we seek to capture provisions regarding the military, security forces, national security councils/units, intelligence units, and legislative oversight regarding a state’s defense forces. This project is conducted alongside two other professors, whose research teams are coding complementary information from sources outside of the constitutional framework of a state. Our project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, is designed to explain why some states’ security institutions are more effective than others.