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Political Science in Europe

Rebel Groups' Inclusion and Sustaining Peace and Stability after Civil War

Comparative Politics
Conflict Resolution
Party Systems
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Matthew Whiting
University of Birmingham
Panel Discussant
Michael Fürstenberg
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

06/09/2019 17:50 - 19:30
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 2nd floor Room: 215
Many former rebels and rebel groups have risen to positions of political power following the end of a civil war, either through negotiated peace processes or through rebel victories. Yet relatively little is known about the impact of the political inclusion of former rebels on the prospects for sustaining peace, on political stability and on the durability of any new political institutions. Addressing this gap is vital precisely because former rebels who have risen to positions of political power have fundamental implications for state building, democratic consolidation, and party system development. The behaviour and practices adopted by former rebels, as well as the preconditions prior to the termination of the civil war, are vital. For example, it is necessary to consider to what extent former rebels have a disruptive impact on party systems, whether the inclusion of former rebels embeds informal or clientelist politics, what coalitional practices former rebels adopt, how they treat minority and former opposition groups, and why they engage in the practices that they do. This panel addresses these vital issues by drawing on case evidence from around the world to offer new insights and conceptual frameworks for understanding the impact of former rebels on political stability and institutional development.

Paper List

Title Details
Fragile Peace after Conflict: Desecuritisation of FARC in Colombia View Paper Details
Institutions Replacing Armed Conflict – What Happens When Soldiers Seek to Build a Country? View Paper Details
Party System Development and Democratic Consolidation in Civil War Affected Countries View Paper Details
Pathways of Post-Conflict State Formation View Paper Details
Theorising Variation in Political Stability in the Aftermath of Rebel Victories View Paper Details
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