Political institutions and conflict

Research at the Department related to the topic of political institutions and conflict.

Political legacies of electoral violence: Understanding challenges for democratic transition

Project leader: Hanne Fjelde l Project page 

Project period: 2017 - ongoing

The Institutional Roots of Electoral Violence

Project leader: Kristine Höglund | Project page

Project period: 2017 - ongoing

How is the risk of election-induced violence influenced by institutional developments before, during and after the transition from authoritarian to democratic rule? This project advances the knowledge about electoral violence and its institutional roots by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Electing Violence? The Causes of Electoral Violence in Africa

Project leader: Kristine Höglund | Project page

Project period: 2011 - 2016

Under what conditions do elections lead to violence? This project advances the knowledge about electoral violence by employ a mixed methodology of combining quantitative analysis of new, sub-national data on electoral violence in Africa (1989–2008), with a qualitative analysis of four African countries.

Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why 'Warlord Democrats' (Re)securitize Wartime Identities

Project leader: Anders Themnér l Project page

Project period: 2015 - 2017

This project seeks to explain why some military-leaders turned politicians ('warlord democrats') - who are taking part in national elections - seek to (re)securitize wartime identifies, while others do not. It focuses on warlord democrats in Nigeria and South Sudan.

UN in Armed Conflict

Project leader: Peter Wallensteen | Project page

Project period: 2001 – ongoing

The UN has been activated in the management and resolution of armed conflict since the end of the Cold War. UN actions since 1946 are continuously analyzed. This project has studied the decisions in the Security Council in a series of publications. The project also has an ongoing interest in UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and his performance in international conflict prevention. This work relates to other Department projects on mediation, conflict prevention, UCDP, and to the work of targeted sanctions, see SPITS.

Related publications

  • Themnér, Anders (ed.) (forthcoming), Warlord Democrats in Africa: The Security Effects of Integrating Ex-Military Leaders into Electoral Politics, London: Zed Publishing.
  • Opitz Christian, Hanne Fjelde, and Kristine Höglund. 2013. 'Including Peace: The Influence of Electoral Management Bodies on Electoral Violence.' Journal of Eastern African Studies (7)4: 713-731.