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Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe

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Project "ELWar" data sheet

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postcode: 4365

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 Coordinator Country Luxembourg [LU]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙788 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙788 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2022-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG LU (ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE) coordinator 1˙499˙788.00


 Project objective

We know remarkably little about the impact of war on political competition in postwar societies in spite of the fact that postwar elections have garnered tremendous interest from researchers in a variety of fields. That interest, however, has been limited to establishing the relationship between electoral democratization and the incidence of conflict. Voters’ and parties’ electoral behaviour after the immediate post‐conflict period have remained largely neglected by researchers. The proposed project will fill this gap in our understanding of electoral legacies of war by analysing the evolution of political competition over the course of more than two decades in the six postwar states of Southeast Europe: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Organised around three thematic areas/levels of analysis – voters, parties, communities – the project will lead to a series of important contributions. Through a combination of public opinion research, oral histories, and the innovative method of matching of individual census entries, the project will answer to which extent postwar elections are decided by voters’ experiences and perceptions of the ended conflict, as opposed to their considerations of the parties’ peacetime economic platforms and performance in office. In-depth study of party documents and platforms, party relations with the organisations of the postwar civil sector, as well as interviews with party officials and activists will shed light on the influence of war on electoral strategies, policy preferences, and recruitment methods of postwar political parties. And a combination of large-N research on the level of the region’s municipalities and a set of paired comparisons of several communities in the different postwar communities in the region will help expose the mechanisms through which war becomes embedded into postwar political competition and thus continues to exert its influence even decades after the violence has ended.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2019-05-30 15:07:44

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ELWar deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Michal Mochtak
Electoral violence under different contexts. Evidence from the Western Balkans
published pages: 1325-1361, ISSN: 1354-5078, DOI: 10.1111/nana.12484
Nations and Nationalism 25/4 2019-12-16
2019 Josip Glaurdić, Christophe Lesschaeve, Michal Mochtak
Modelling the Legacies of War Violence: Voters, Parties, Communities
published pages: 77-101, ISSN: 1845-6707, DOI: 10.20901/an.15.04
Anali Hrvatskog politološkog društva časopis za politologiju 15/1 2019-12-16
2018 Josip Glaurdić, Vuk Vuković
Post-war voters as fiscal liberals: local elections, spending, and war trauma in contemporary Croatia
published pages: 173-193, ISSN: 2159-9165, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2018.1457957
East European Politics 34/2 2019-05-03

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