Political Stability in Deeply Divided Societies

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The Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East (AAME)
United Kingdom
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AAME's second conference takes place on 8 June 2018 in central London, and will explore questions around how divided societies resolve social conflict and achieve political stability.

This conference will examine the nature, determinants and consequences of political stability in the Global South. Empirical papers exploring specific case studies, cross-national analyses, as well as theoretical deliberations are all welcomed.

The conference will focus on a range of contemporary debates on political stability, including:

  • Links between natural resource endowments, corruption and rent-seeking, and/or domestic inequality vis-à-vis political stability;
  • Trade-offs between civil and political rights—including freedom of speech and press, holding of competitive elections, and protection from state violence and repression—and political stability;
  • Relationships between countries’ socio-demographic composition—including ethnic, religious, class, caste, and/or other socio-economic divisions—and political stability;
  • The role of elite bargains and/or political settlements in establishing and maintaining political stability;
  • The contribution of civil society, including community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations, to consolidating or undermining political stability;
  • Effects of political stability on socio-economic development, including economic growth, poverty reduction, health, inequality, and other developmental outcomes;
  • Conceptual understandings on what constitutes ‘political stability’ and whether (and how) it can be measured.

We plan to put a special issue for a journal together using a selection of the best papers presented at the conference, as we did last year (forthcoming in Third World Quarterly).

Conference organised by:

The Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East (AAME), Royal Holloway, University of London
Date: 8 June 2017
Time: 9am to 6 pm
Location: 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF
Room: BEDSQ-1-01