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Periodic Report Summary 1 - ELECTION VIOLENCE (Domestic and International Determinants of Election Violence)

Recent elections in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan experienced substantial contestation and violence. A rapidly growing literature is exploring the causes and consequences of electoral contention and violence, yet a major limitation is the lack of comprehensive data on its incidence. This project conceptualizes electoral contention as nonviolent or violent acts of contestation by state or nonstate actors related to the electoral process. Based on this conceptualization, the ECAV project collects data on election-related contention for all countries with competitive elections for the 1990-2012 period. The data can be used for a variety of research designs, and will be made publicly available upon acceptance of the data article (currently in progress) at a peer-reviewed journal. The PI is currently working on two academic papers using the data, one emphasizing how experiences with election fraud affect citizens’ participation in post-electoral contention, another one investigating the relationship between incumbent control and the incidence and types of electoral violence used during campaigns.

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