1st Edition

The Effects of Rebel Parties on Governance, Democracy and Stability after Civil Wars From Guns to Governing

Edited By John Ishiyama, Gyda M. Sindre Copyright 2023
    292 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a systematic overview and in-depth analysis of the effects of rebel group inclusion on democracy following the end of conflict across the globe.

    It examines different types of rebel groups, addressing the subject matter through the lens of three dimensions – democracy, stability and governance – which structure the book and the individual chapters. As such, it affords a rare opportunity to bring together two heretofore separate research traditions – conflict studies and political parties.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political parties and party theory, civil wars and peacebuilding, democratization studies and state building and more broadly to comparative politics, development studies, and security studies.

    1. Introduction: Rebel group inclusion and post-war democratisation

    John Ishiyama and Gyda M. Sindre

    Part 1: Rebel group inclusion and good governance

    2. The Effects of Rebel Parties on Governance: Organizational Endowments, Ideology, and Governance after Civil Wars End

    John Ishiyama and Michael Christopher Marshall

    3. Dynamics of post-rebel party governance in Aceh and East Timor: Balancing patronage politics and popular democracy

    Gyda M. Sindre

    4. From ‘Rebel Justice’ to the ‘Rule-of-Law’: The cases of Hamas and Hezbollah

    Benedetta Berti

    5. The Struggle for Political Stability and Governance in Northern Ireland after the Peace Process: The role of Sinn Féin and the IRA

    Matthew Whiting

    6. The KLA successor parties and the spoils of peace in Kosovo

    Stephan Hensell

    Part 2: Rebel group inclusion and democracy

    7. How does the inclusion of post-rebel parties shape democracy? Parties, elections and peace in Mozambique, 1992-2018

    Carrie Manning

    8. The Political Integration of Islamist Armed Groups: A Viable Path to Peace and Democracy?

    Dino Krause and Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs

    9. Adapting too well? Rebel reconversion and democratization in El Salvador

    Ralph Sprenkels

    10. Post-War Ruling Parties and their Youth Wings: How Old Rebels handle the African Millennials

    Lovise Aalen, Aslak Orre, and Ragnhild L. Muriaas

    11. Rebel Participation and Political Transition in Post-War Sri Lanka

    Shama Ams

    Part 3: Rebel group inclusion and political stability

    12. Political Parties in De Facto States: Links with External Patrons

    Nina Caspersen

    13. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front: Coalition Dynamics and Post-War Politics

    Terrence Lyons

    14. Contingency, Inclusion, and Democracy: A Critical Analysis of Jamyat-e- Islami in the Afghan State Building Process

    Wahid Watanyar

    15. Virtual Politics, post-Islamism and authoritarian Inertia in post-conflict Tajikistan

    Tim Epkenhans

    16. Conclusion: Towards a theory of rebel group inclusion and democratisation

    John Ishiyama and Gyda Sindre


    John Ishiyama is a University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, USA.

    Gyda M. Sindre is an Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of York, UK.