The Political Economy of Power-Sharing

The Political Economy of Power-Sharing

Principal Investigators:

  • Andreas Mehler
  • Martin Ottmann

Project Staff:

  • Felix Haass

Project Summary:

How does power-sharing affect resource allocation between elites and constituencies in post-conflict situations? The question if and how power-sharing arrangements between a state government and former rebel groups actually change the distribution and exercise of political power in a post-conflict situation is rarely investigated. In this project, we argue that the type of power-sharing affects sub-national resource allocation patterns. Power-sharing provides an opportunity for former conflict actors to access state resources and distribute those resources strategically to their constituencies. Ultimately, this implies that power-sharing is less a tool for transforming political power (and thus addressing the root causes of social conflict), but an instrument that institutionalizes patronage opportunities. The project relies on the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to substantiate these hypotheses: We first use statistical geo-spatial methods in order to investigate power-sharing as mechanism for sub-national resource redistribution to core constituencies. This analysis will make use of global data on post-conflict situations between 1992 and 2010. Central to this effort will be the creation of a novel dataset, the Geographical Dimensions of Power-Sharing Dataset (GDPS) which geo-locates the constituencies of all government and rebels in post-conflict situations. In a second step, we will conduct qualitative within-case analyses and in-depth process tracing of two post-conflict situations: Liberia and the Indonesian province of Aceh. This qualitative analysis will be based on field research in each post-conflict situation to better understand causal processes and scope conditions.

Felix Haass
Post-Doctoral Researcher


. The Effect of Wartime Legacies on Electoral Mobilization after Civil War. Journal of Politics. 84 (3). Online First, 2022.

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. Rebels, Revenue, and Redistribution. The Political Geography of Post-Conflict Power-Sharing in Africa. British Journal of Political Science. 51(3): 981-1001., 2021.

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. The Democracy Dilemma. Aid, Power-Sharing Governments, and Post-Conflict Democratization. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 38(2): 200-223. (Published Online First in 2019), 2021.

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. Profits from Peace: The Political Economy of Power-Sharing and Corruption. World Development, 99: 60-74, 2017.

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. Buying Peace? The Political Economy of Power-Sharing. GIGA Focus International, 9, 2015.

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