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ELWar - Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe

 How does war shape postwar politics? To which extent is electoral competition in postwar societies determined by the war past as opposed to the peacetime present and future? How does war become embedded into postwar political norms, practices, narratives, and institutions?

 

War changes people and their communities. It creates refugees, veterans, orphans, profiteers, victims, perpetrators. It destroys polities’ social, economic, and physical fabrics. It profoundly alters social gender and class structures. And yet we have little systematic and theoretically supported grasp of its impact on the nature and content of political competition which follows in its wake.

ELWar – Electoral Legacies of War: Politial Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe is a five-year project that aims at understanding the political legacies of war by focusing on the evolution of political competition over the period of almost three decades – from the early 1990s until the present – in six postwar states of Southeast Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

Led by Professor Josip Glaurdić, the project started in April 2017 and is divided into three collaborative thematic units, which reflect the different levels of analysis the team members (Dr. Christophe Lesschaeve and Dr. Michal Mochtak) are shedding light on in their study of political competition: postwar voters, postwar parties, and postwar communities.

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as innovative, comparative, and interdisciplinary approaches, ELWar – Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe has the ambition to go beyond region-specific analysis and to provide critical theoretical improvements to the literatures on elections, voter choice, parties, and political cleavages.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 714589). 

 

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Research into impact of war on electoral behaviour receives European grant (Luxemburger Wort)

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How does war shape postwar politics?

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Learn more about the project: elwar.uni.lu

 

This project, hosted by the University of Luxembourg, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 714589).