R. William Ayres (Advisor), December Green (Committee Member), Vaughn Shannon (Committee Member)
Master of Arts (MA)
When an internal conflict ends, many states are faced with a choice of whether or not the insurgents they were fighting against should become political figures they govern beside. Increasingly, peace settlements involve the proposed evolution of guerrilla groups into political parties, yet little is known about rebel groups' long-term effectiveness in governing (Vines and Oruitemeka, 2008). However, the recurrent interest in converting guerrillas to politicians calls for a clear understanding of the chances of success. What makes a guerilla group more or less successful in governance? I hypothesized that a state with formerly armed insurgents would produce fewer pieces of legislation than before the new party took office, and would see higher levels of violence. Using Sinn Fein, I measured the ability of former insurgents to produce legislation and examined violence before and after power-sharing was in place. I found that fewer laws were created and violence was higher.
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Department of Political Science
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