War & Peace: is power sharing a way of curbing violence between rival factions?
Insights from research at HEC Lausanne-UNIL | At a time when conflicts between rival factions are raging in numerous countries and regions, what are the levers we can use to combat the resulting violence? Can power sharing save lives? That’s what Prof. Dominic Rohner from HEC Lausanne is trying to establish in his latest research.
In many countries and regions, the tensions that develop between rival groups over questions such as ethnic origin, religion or philosophy result in political instability, economic losses and in some cases, civil unrest.
To what extent does offering the losing faction a role in the political game help to reduce violence and resolve certain conflicts?
While the idea seems relatively obvious, is it possible to measure the results empirically? This is the question Prof. Dominic Rohner has examined with his co-author (Hannes Mueller, Barcelona GSE), with reference to the local political situation in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and the signature of the Good Friday agreement in 1998.
Discover the results on HEC Lausanne’s research blog, in the article entitled “War and Peace: the case for power sharing”.
Get to know more about:
- Prof. Dominic Rohner: professor of Political and Institutional Economics, Dominic Rohner is also a research fellow in the Development Economics Program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). His research focuses on political and development economics. Several of his recent papers have studied the role of natural resources and social capital for explaining armed conflict.
- Department of Economics: research in the Department of Economics focuses on the areas of health, industrial, public, spatial, experimental and national economics along with theoretical and applied econometrics, finance and European integration.
par Chantal Behar