A lasting outcome of network activities is the compilation of a database on “institutions for peace”. While there are various datasets on specific institutions in divided and post-war societies, there is a lack of comprehensive empirical data on the complex set of institutional choices as well as the exact character of divisions.
In a first step, the ISP team therefore collected existing datasets on institutions, conflict and divided societies in an “Annotated Database Bibliography” that was published as part of the GIGA Working Paper series.
For further information, see:
Ansorg , Nadine / Basedau, Matthias / Haass, Felix / Strasheim, Julia (2013), Mind the Gap: An Annotated Overview of Datasets in the Study of Institutions and Conflict in Divided Societies, GIGA Working Paper, No. 234, September 2013, Hamburg: GIGA
This paper engages in a systematic overview of the existing datasets on institutions, conflict and peace, as well as divisions and diversity. This overview indicates that an enormous amount of data is unevenly distributed across different issue areas. There is a lack of data capturing specific sets of political institutions (e.g., centripetalism), dynamic changes in a country’s relational demographics across identity groups, the ethnicization of political institutions (especially in the security sector), and security sector reform. Many datasets suffer from missing data and an alarming dearth of transparency. Our paper concludes with suggestions for yet unexplored research questions and avenues for further data collection.
An online appendix to the GIGA working paper No 234, Mind the Gap: An Annotated Overview of Datasets in the Study of Institutions and Conflict in Divided Societies can be found here.