Election Violence Research Workshop

15Feb2018 16Feb2018 09:15


This workshop brings together contributors to examine conceptual boundaries and ambiguities in work on election violence, local and national dynamics in election violence, the choice of violence compared to other strategies, the mechanisms linking armed conflict and elections, the institutional origins of election violence, and consequences of violence for voter turnout and vote choice.

A new and rapidly growing research area focuses on violence occurring before, during, and after elections. This literature recognizes that elections in developing countries often fail to function as peaceful means of conflict resolution, instead being accompanied by significant violence. Indeed, election violence results in casualties that often reach the threshold of civil war within days or weeks, and can undo years of peacebuilding and development work, such as elections in Kenya in 2007 and Cote D’Ivoire in 2010. Yet while scholars have developed a solid body of research about the patterns of civil war violence and their legacies, the dynamics of election violence remain under-explored.


Roeterseilandcomplex (REC) building B, 9th floor, room 9.22 (aka common room)
Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam

Questions? Contact Ursula Daxecker: u.daxecker@uva.nl

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