BiographyOriginally from The Netherlands, Dr. L. M. Beuman holds a BA in Human Geography and a MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to her dissertation, she pursued a postgraduate programme in Security and Defence Studies at the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. She has published in the journal Parliamentary Affairs and an article has been accepted for publication by the Taiwan Journal of Democracy. She collaborates with the Africa Research Institute and the academic blog 'Presidential Power' where she writes about presidential politics in Portugues-speaking countries. Currently, she is working on governments of national unity and democratic performance.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Political Institutions, Semi-Presidentialism, Democratisation, Portuguese-speaking countries, East Timor
Published: Jul 01, 2015 by Parliamentary Affairs
Authors: Lydia M. Beuman
This article tests the effect of cohabitation on the performance of Timor-Leste’s nascent democracy. It finds that not all conflicts will cause political instability but rather a certain type of institutional conflict. In this new post-conflict state, institutional conflict over defence policy during cohabitation seriously destabilised Timor-Leste’s fledging democracy.