War Experiences, Economic Grievances, and Political Participation in Postwar Societies: An Empirical Analysis of Kosovo

Freitag, Markus; Kijewski, Sara; Oppold, Malvin (2017). War Experiences, Economic Grievances, and Political Participation in Postwar Societies: An Empirical Analysis of Kosovo. Conflict management and peace science, 073889421771646. Sage 10.1177/0738894217716464

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This article contributes to the debate evolving around the political legacy of armed conflict. We evaluate the effect of war experiences during the 1998–1999 civil war in Kosovo on various modes of political participation. We find that war victims are on average more likely to participate in non-institutionalized forms of participation such as signing petitions and to participate in protests in the postwar era. In addition, we show that the impact of war experiences on political protest is contingent upon the postwar situation. War experiences are linked to protest behavior when a survivor is economically disadvantaged after the war. However, war experiences lose their impact on protest behavior when people do not encounter economic grievances in the postwar environment. In this vein, exploring the postwar context enriches our understanding of the political legacy of war victimization.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Freitag, Markus and Kijewski, Sara Kristine Riihonen

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0738-8942

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Markus Freitag

Date Deposited:

16 May 2018 07:35

Last Modified:

27 May 2018 02:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0738894217716464

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113777

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