How does war shape postwar politics?

How does war shape postwar politics?


My name is Josip Glaurdić, I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg. I’m the principal investigator for the ERC funded project ELWar. ELWar stands for It is a 5 years project funded by the European Research Council with a 1,5 millions euros starting grant ELWar is split into 3 thematic areas: Postwar Parties, Postwar Voters and Postwar Communities. In the part Postwar Voters, we are hoping to answer the questions: how individuals’ different war pasts influence their postwar political lives? how do they influence their voters’ choice? In the part Postwar Parties, we are interested in answering the question: How do different political parties and political entrepreneurs use war past in order to mobilise their voters, in order to mobilise members, in order to create different social policies? And in the part Postwar Communities, we are bringing these two sides, supply and demand, together and we are trying to answer the question: How does this all play out on the level of individual communities in the postwar region of Southeast Europe over the past 20, 30 years? We are going to be using quantitative methods through public opinion research, through census micro data matching… And we are going to be using qualitative approaches like ethnographic research where members of the team will actually go into the field and observe how electoral processes work in the region. They are going to be talking to people all the way up the ranks of political parties – from individuals party members all the way to party leadership – and trying to expose from different sides how war past becomes embedded into postwar political competition. I’m hopeful that this massive data that we are going to be collecting and presenting to the scholarly community and to the general population will sort of spark interest among other scholars for the study of this topic and for the study of the region. We are also hopeful that we are going to be producing work that is going to be policy relevant, that is going to be demonstrating to the interested policy community of what kind of policies can be useful in the reconstruction efforts: not just physical reconstruction but also social reconstruction. That can help society leave past in the past and move forward. I decided to bring this research project to the University of Luxembourg for a number of reasons. I was very much attracted to the fact that this is a new institution that has clearly its sights to the future. demonstrated by this wonderful campus, but also demonstrated by its staff in Social Sciences and Humanities. We are all in Maison des Sciences Humaines: sociologists, economists, historian… And this community leads to a breeding of the kind of ideas that I feel are really necessary for my project to take off and really go forward.

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