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Doing well by doing good: The legacy of rebel governance in post-war elections
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Research has established that incorporating former non-state armed groups into the post-war political process enhances the durability of peace. As such, understanding the factors that influence how rebel groups transition into political parties and participate in elections carry key implications for democratization and state-building projects. This thesis traces the ability of former rebel parties to succeed in elections back to their wartime conducts, focusing on the rebel-civilian interaction as facilitated by the provision of social services. My theoretical arguments draw on existing literature on rebel governance and civilian mobilization, as well as on comparative politics. Specifically, I argue that the identity of those receiving access to rebel-controlled social services matters. Insurgencies that provide public goods not only to their extant followers but also to non-supporters are more likely to expand their constituency, thereby gaining more votes in post-war elections. To test my hypothesis, I conduct a series of statistical analysis using cross-national data on rebel’s inclusive social service provision and electoral performance. The result reveals a weak support for this relationship, but I contend that it still offers an exploratory look at how wartime social relations may affect post-war politics on the whole.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
rebel governance, electoral politics, civil war, wartime legacy, street creds
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Social Sciences Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385138DiVA, id: diva2:1323006
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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