Wartime Institutions: A Research Agenda

Ana Arjona*

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Theories of civil war usually theorize the choices of civilians and combatants without considering the institutional context in which they interact. Despite common depictions of war as chaotic and anarchic, order often emerges locally. Institutions vary greatly over time and space and, as in peacetime, shape behavior. In this article, I propose a research agenda on local wartime institutions. To this end, I present original evidence on conflict areas in Colombia to illustrate the scope of variation, propose the concept of wartime social order and a typology, and discuss several ways in which research on wartime institutions can contribute to our study of civil war both at the micro and macro levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1360-1389
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 8 2014


  • civil wars
  • conflict
  • institutions
  • internal armed conflict
  • war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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