How does war shape postwar politics?



my name is Joseph Lelouch I'm an associate professor of political science at University of Luxembourg I'm a principal investigator for the ERC funded project l war l word stands for electoral legacies of war political competition in postwar Southeast Europe it is a five-year project funded by the European Research Council with a 1.5 million euros starting grant l war is split into three somatic area post-war party's supposed to voters and post-war communities in the part post-war voters we're hoping to answer the question how individuals different war pasts influence their post-war political lives how do they influence their voter choice in the park post-war parties we're interested in answering the question how do different political parties and political entrepreneurs use war pasts in order to mobilize their voters in order to mobilize members in order to create different sorts of policies and in the part post-war communities with bringing these two sides supply and demand if you like together and we're trying to answer the question how does this all play out on the level of individual communities in the post-war region of Southeast Europe over the past 20-30 years we're 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're going to be talking to people they're going to be talking to people all the way up the ranks of political parties from individual party members all the way to party leadership and trying to expose from different sides how war pasts become embedded into post-war political competition I'm hopeful that this mass of data that we're going to be collecting and presenting to the scholarly community into 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're also hopeful that we're going to be producing work that's going to be policy relevant that is going to be demonstrating to 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 sort of 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 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 science and humanities we are all in Muslim decisions human sociologists economists historians 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

Maurice Vega

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