Programs

Political Marketplace

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How are political conflicts managed—or mismanaged—in countries with weak state institutions? On the hypothesis that political competition and conflict management can be understood through the framework of a marketplace of loyalties, in which patronage rules, this cross-disciplinary project seeks to develop methods for analyzing and measuring the “political marketplace” in fragile states, as well as the role of violence in the functioning—or malfunctioning—of the marketplace system. A series of seminars and working papers is planned.