When War Adversaries Talk: The Experimental Effect of Engagement Rules on Postconflict Deliberation

Latin American Politics & Society, Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2013 Last revised: 18 Feb 2016

Date Written: April 1, 2013

Abstract

Evidence from mini-public discussion groups including former antagonists in the Colombian armed conflict shows how scepticism and distrust can undermine deliberative behavior in divided societies, but also points to ways in which a more ideal performance might be stimulated. We show that consensus rule is associated with a higher frequency of arguments than majority rule is, that the opportunity to intervene on many occasions during a discussion is associated with a better overall performance, and that deliberation levels do not relate to listeners’ tendency to polarize. A total of 644 ex- combatants participated in our experimental research design, 342 of whom agreed to sit down and talk politics.

Keywords: deliberation, conflict, DDR, political reintegration, ex-combatants, Colombia, postconflict, reconciliation

Suggested Citation

Ugarriza, Juan, When War Adversaries Talk: The Experimental Effect of Engagement Rules on Postconflict Deliberation (April 1, 2013). Latin American Politics & Society, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2343407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2343407

Juan Ugarriza (Contact Author)

Universidad del Rosario ( email )

Calle 12 No. 6-25
Bogota, DC
Colombia

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