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Michael Mousseau is a political economist with a primary focus on the causes of war and peace. He received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University (1998) after several years of intensive ethnographic study in various regions, including East Africa (1991), the Indian sub-continent (1992), and the Soviet Union (1991). He joined UCF in 2013 after fifteen years teaching and conducting research at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been a research fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2010-2011); the Belfer Center International Security Program, Harvard University (2005 – 2006); and the United Nations Studies Program, Yale University (2003). His research has identified a way economic conditions can affect political culture and institutions, and war and peace, within and among nations, with the implication that a permanent global peace is possible if developed nations would expend the resources necessary to bring gainful employment for the majority of those living in lesser developed countries. Articles have appeared in Conflict Management and Peace Science, European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Peace Research.

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Contract Intensity of National Economies (CINE), Version May-2017

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The CINE data were created to gauge the contract-intensity of national economies, which indicates the degree of market institutionalization of a nation. Economic norms theory predicts the more contract intensive a nation’s economy, the less likely it will experience civil conflict or have repressive government, and the more likely it will be in peace with other nations with contract intensive economies. The CINE data are aggregated annually for 187 countries from 1816 to 2010. The data can be obtained directly below:

Observation of Democratic peace

Dr. Michael Mousseau, professor and graduate coordinator, has recently published an article titled “Grasping the scientific evidence: The contractualist peace supersedes the democratic peace.” This article... Read more

COS Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Promotion is a mark of accomplishment and a gratifying recognition from one’s peers. Because of their hard work and dedication, the following staff members have been promoted at UCF. Promotion to Professor To... Read more

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