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From Bullets to Ballots

The Transformation of Rebel Groups into Political Parties, 1st Edition

Edited by John Ishiyama


114 pages

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In recent years, an increasing amount of research has argued that the successful transformation of rebel organization into parties is critical to stable post-conflict peace and democratization. However, the process of the transformation of rebel groups into parties is not well understood. Under what conditions do rebel groups transform into parties? Or into something else? What are the causal mechanisms that lead to the "successful" transformation of rebel groups into political parties? Does the transformation of rebel groups into parties actually contribute to political stability and democratization? How does transformation differ from region to region? The chapters in this book directly address these questions, and include a combination of broader theoretical and empirical chapters coupled with several in depth case studies by some of the most notable scholars in the field. It should prove indispensable to students of both civil wars, post-conflict peace, and political parties.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Democratization.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the special issue "From bullets to ballots: the transformation of rebel groups into political parties"

John Ishiyama

1. Political party formation by former armed opposition groups after civil war

Carrie Manning and Ian Smith

2. Rebel-to-party transformations in civil war peace processes 1975–2011

Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Sophia Hatz

3. Does political inclusion of rebel parties promote peace after civil conflict?

Michael Christopher Marshall and John Ishiyama

4. From victorious rebels to strong authoritarian parties: prospects for post-war democratization

Terrence Lyons

5. The Guatemalan National Revolutionary unit: the long collapse

Michael E. Allison

6. Rebel-to-political and back? Hamas as a security provider in Gaza between rebellion, politics and governance

Benedetta Berti and Beatriz Gutiérrez

About the Editor

John Ishiyama is University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, USA. His research focuses on political institutions, democratization, and post-civil war politics.

About the Series

Democratization Special Issues

The journal, Democratization, emerged in 1994, during ‘the third wave of democracy’, a period which saw democratic transformation of dozens of regimes around the world. Over the last decade or so, the journal has published a number of special issues as books, each of which has focused upon cutting edge issues linked to democratization. Collectively, they underline the capacity of democratization to induce debate, uncertainty, and perhaps progress towards better forms of politics, focused on the achievement of the democratic aspirations of men and women everywhere.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General