The Legacies of Wartime Governance on Local Politics: A longitudinal Study of Communities During and After War in Colombia

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Local communities living under the presence of armed actors during war face a critical juncture when such actors demobilize: they may embark on a positive path of democratization, good governance, and s tate building; or they may fall prey of local actors that use violence and corruption to undermine democracy, political accountability, and successful state building. Under what conditions do localities be come more democratic and their local governments more accountable? When is the democratic process coopted, and when do local governments become corrupt and ineffective? Non-state armed groups often govern civilians living in areas under their control, regulating many aspects of their daily lives. This project looks at the effects of distinct forms of wartime governance on local politics in the post-conflict period by conducting the first longitudinal study of local communities during and after war. Detailed evidence will be gathered on individual political behavior, the democratic process, local governance, and informal political practices in a random sample of localities in Colombia as they transition into peace. Understanding the challenges and opportunities for strengthening local democracy and good governance is essential for devising policies that support inclusive peacebuilding and state building processes.
Effective start/end date1/1/1911/30/22


  • Folke Bernadotte Academy (Check No. 0161809262FF)


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