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  • 1.
    Adolfo, Eldridge Vigil
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Nyström, Daniel
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Electoral Violence in Africa2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the time period 2012–2013, over 20 national elections and two constitutional referendums are scheduled in Africa. In several of these elections, violence is anticipated to play a prominent role. There is great urgency to support the establishment of effective and legitimate electoral institutions and electoral frameworks; institute reforms aimed at lowering the stakes of elections; encourage the devolution of powers; improve the socio-economic standing of the populace; and devise strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence.

  • 2.
    Bjarnesen, Jesper
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi
    Folke Bernadotteakademin.
    Conclusion: Beyond Democracy and Big Man Politics2018In: Violence in African elections: Between democracy and Big Man politics / [ed] Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Jesper Bjarnesen, London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstutet , 2018, p. 250-262Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Bjarnesen, Jesper
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.
    Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi
    Folke Bernadotteakademin.
    Violence in African elections2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The benefits of winning elections, and the disadvantages of losing them, must be reduced to avoid the violence that a winner-takes-all situation can trigger. Election observers should pay more attention to subtle forms of violence, intra-party tensions and incumbents playing the security card to justify increased use of force. This policy note considers how to curb the increase of violence in African elections.

  • 4.
    Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi
    et al.
    Folke Bernadotteakademin .
    Bjarnesen, JesperThe Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.
    Violence in African elections: between democracy and Big Man politics2018Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multiparty elections have become the bellwether by which all democracies are judged, and the spread of these systems across Africa has been widely hailed as a sign of the continent’s progress towards stability and prosperity. But such elections bring their own challenges, particularly the often intense internecine violence following disputed results.While the consequences of such violence can be profound, undermining the legitimacy of the democratic process and in some cases plunging countries into civil war or renewed dictatorship, little is known about the causes.

    By mapping, analysing and comparing instances of election violence in different localities across Africa – including Kenya, Ivory Coast and Uganda – this collection of detailed case studies sheds light on the underlying dynamics and sub-national causes behind electoral conflicts, revealing them to be the result of a complex interplay between democratisation and the older, patronage-based system of ‘Big Man’ politics.

    Essential for scholars and policymakers across the social sciences and humanities interested in democratization, peace-keeping and peace studies, Violence in African Elections provides important insights into why some communities prove more prone to electoral violence than others, offering practical suggestions for preventing violence through improved electoral monitoring, voter education, and international assistance.

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