Academic Publication

Pre-Designing Democracy

ISP researchers explore the releationship between interim governments and post-conflict democracy

ISP researchers Julia Strasheim and Hanne Fjelde explore in a recent publication if and how the design of interim governments affects the quality of post-conflict democracy. Abstract:

Does the institutional design of interim governments influence post-conflict democratization? Based on the logic of political engineering we examine whether designing interim regimes to incorporate inclusive representation of all warring parties, constraints on executive power, and decentralized governance enhances the prospects of post-conflict democratization. By analysing 15 interim regimes between 1989 and 2006, we find that while inclusiveness is not associated with democratization, executive constraints and decentralization are. These results point to the importance of establishing institutions that diffuse political power and reduce the zero-sum character of the political contest during transition.

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