Using Violence, Seeking Votes: Introducing the Militant Group Electoral Participation (MGEP) Dataset

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Aila M. Matanock

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Date Written: July 1, 2016

Abstract

In many cases, including some of the most destructive civil conflicts and some of the newest emerging democracies, militant and ex-militant groups form political parties to participate in elections. Despite the prevalence of such electoral participation, it has rarely been studied, nor have scholars explored its influence on outcomes such as conflict or democratization. A lack of comprehensive data has impeded this research. The dataset introduced in this article provides annual data on militant and ex-militant group participation in legislative elections between 1970 and 2010. The Militant Group Electoral Participation (MGEP) dataset allows for further empirical study of the patterns, causes, and consequences of this behavior. Moreover, in combination with other datasets, MGEP stands to provide additional insights on conflict, peace, democratization, and electoral politics more broadly. In this article, I describe MGEP, provide summary statistics on the data, and show its applications, including through a replication study on post-conflict elections.

Suggested Citation

Matanock, Aila M., Using Violence, Seeking Votes: Introducing the Militant Group Electoral Participation (MGEP) Dataset (July 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3205689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3205689

Aila M. Matanock (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science ( email )

210 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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