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ECPR Virtual General Conference 2020

Political Mobilisation and Institutional Development in the Aftermath of Civil War

Comparative Politics
Conflict Resolution
Party Systems
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Gyda Sindre
University of York
Panel Discussant
John Ishiyama
University of North Texas

07/09/2019 09:00 - 10:40
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 2nd floor Room: 215
In the last few decades, the political inclusion of rebel groups into competitive electoral politics has become the norm in contemporary peacebuilding. In fact, since the end of the Cold War, rebel group inclusion into formal politics following the end of civil war, correlates positively with peace settlement durability and long-term political stability. At the same time, former rebel groups’ chances of survival as parties and winning elections is determined both by the specific peacebuilding mechanisms put in place and by institutional context within which they mobilize. How do policies interact with the parties’ desire to seek representation? How does the inclusion of former rebel groups into politics impact on party system development? When and to what extent do war-related factors trump the effects of institutional design? Overall, the papers in this panel address the question of how political mobilization, peacebuilding policies, and institutional development interact to shape specific outcomes concerning stability and democracy in civil war affected countries.

Paper List

Title Details
Consociational Democracy after Civil Wars: Whose Power? View Paper Details
From Peace to Polarisation? The Fate of Power Sharing in Northern Ireland View Paper Details
Post-Rebel Parties and Party System Formation View Paper Details
The Effects of Asymmetrical Demobilisation on Post-Conflict Violence: Evidence from Guatemala and Northern Ireland View Paper Details
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