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Elections and post-conflict political development

Reilly, Benjamin


Elections are a centrepiece of most international efforts to rebuild states and promote democracy after violent conflict. By enshrining a new political order centered on rule-based competition for office rather than open warfare, it is argued, elections in post-conflict settings can channel the expression of societal conflicts so that they take place within the boundaries of a democratic political system rather than through armed violence. By replacing the rule of the bullet with the ballot,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Political Economy of Post-conflict Statebuilding: Power after Peace
DOI: 10.4324/9780203101308-12


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