How History Explains Election Violence

Why do the first multiparty elections after authoritarian rule turn violent in some countries but not in others? Most analysis on election-related violence is focused on factors that concern the immediate conditions of election. These include how fiercely contested a given election is, what formal electoral rules are in place, whether monitors and peacekeepers oversee the process, and how electoral management bodies work, Hanne Fjelde, Johan Brosché and Kristine Höglund writes for The Conversation.

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