Electing Violence: Post-Election Violence in Africa


ACLS Project Development Grants


Political Science


“Electing Violence” examines the dynamics of post-election violence, or PEV, in Africa. Adopting an analyticist methodology and a postcolonial constructivist theoretical framework, it addresses sources and causes of PEV and variation in its intensity. Theoretically, it provides an ideal-type that explains PEV in Africa to be used in analysis of individual cases. Empirically, it provides in-depth case studies of three recent presidential elections in Africa. Drawing from extensive fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria, this book project enhances security studies by delineating the mechanisms and processes of PEV with broader implications for conflict management and peacebuilding. The grant will support manuscript completion in 2021-2022.