Voting for Victors: Why Violent Actors Win Postwar Elections


Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Sarah DalyThis project seeks to understand political life after episodes of mass violence. After suffering wartime atrocities and winning peace, millions of people around the world elect to live under the rule of political actors with deep roots in the violent organizations of the past. This book analyzes why citizens vote for actors with violent pasts and what the implications of these elections are for efforts at successful peacebuilding and democratization.

Speaker: Sarah Daly, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Sarah Daly is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and faculty fellow of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. In 2018, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her first book, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series, Cambridge University Press, 2016) explores why armed organizations re-militarize or demilitarize in the aftermath of peace accords. It was Honorable Mention for the Conflict Research Society’s 2017 Best Book of the Year Prize. Her other research has appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Political Analysis, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Conflict, Security & Development, and in several edited volumes.