Matanock, Aila M. 2017. Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Reviewed by Democratization (also mentioned in a review in Perspectives on Politics)

Listed Political Violence at a Glance's 2017 Must-Read Pieces on Political Violence

Also see related Monkey Cage post here. Other media coverage from The Economist on Colombia (2017), The Economist on peace agreements (2018), Council on Hemispheric Affairs, El Espectador, and Ozy.

Articles and Other publications

Matanock, Aila M. Forthcoming. “How International Actors Help Enforce Domestic Deals.” Annual Review of Political Science 23(1) [Online 2019; Print 2020] [Prior draft here.]

Matanock, Aila M. Forthcoming. “External Engagement: Explaining the Spread of Electoral Participation Provisions in Civil Conflict Settlements.” International Studies Quarterly. [Prior draft here.]

Matanock, Aila M., and Paul Staniland. Forthcoming. “How and Why Armed Groups Participate in Elections.” Perspectives on Politics. [Prior draft here.]

Matanock, Aila M., and Miguel García-Sánchez. Forthcoming (2018). “Does Counterinsurgent Success Match Social Support? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Colombia.” The Journal of Politics 80(3). [2017 online here] [Prior draft here.] [Data here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Matanock, Aila M., and Natalia Garbiras-Díaz.* Forthcoming (2018). “Considering Concessions: A Survey Experiment on the Colombian Peace Process” Conflict Processes and Peace Science [Special Issue on Colombia]. [Prior draft here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Aila M. Matanock. 2018. “How Elections Can Lead to Peace.” Foreign Affairs (online). April 25. [Article here.]

Gary LaFree, Min Xie, and Aila M. Matanock. 2018. “Contagious Diffusion of World-Wide Terrorism: It is Less Common than We Might Think.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 41(4): 261-280. [Article here.]

Matanock, Aila M., and Miguel García-Sánchez. 2017. “The Colombian Paradox: Peace Processes, Elite Divisions, and Popular Plebiscites” Daedalus 146(4): 152-166 [Special Issue on Civil Wars]. [Article here (ungated).] [Online appendix here.]

Matanock, Aila M. 2017. “Bullets for Ballots: Electoral Participation Provisions and Enduring Peace after Civil Conflict.” International Security 41(4): 93-132. [Article here.] [Prior draft here.] [Data here.]

Also Runner Up for the International Studies Association’s Peace Studies’ Kenneth E. Boulding Award

Matanock, Aila M. 2016. “Using Violence, Seeking Votes: Introducing the Militant Group Electoral Participation (MGEP) Dataset.” Journal of Peace Research 53(6): 845-853. [Article here.] [Data here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Berman, Eli, and Aila M. Matanock. 2015. “The Empiricists’ Insurgency.” Annual Review of Political Science 18(1): 443-464. [Article here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Matanock, Aila M. 2014. “Governance Delegation Agreements: Shared Sovereignty as a Substitute for Limited Statehood.” Governance 27(4): 589-612. [Special Issue Edited by Krasner and Risse]. [Article here.]

Also see related Monkey Cage post here.

PAPERS (with Invitations to ReVISE AND REsubmit)

“Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” (with Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Gustavo Robles, and Vidal Romero) [Working version here.] (R&R at Comparative Political Studies)

PAPERS (under Review and in Progress)

Causes and consequences of post-conflict elections and engaged external actors:

“How Does International Intervention Work? Mechanisms for Securing Settlements to Civil Conflicts” (with Adam G. Lichtenheld*) [Working version here.] (under review)

Explanations of rebel parties participating in elections during civil conflict:

“Candidates and Combatants: Why Do Simultaneous Electoral and Armed Campaigns Occur?” (with David A. Dow*)

Civilians in Civil Conflict:

Shaped by Conflict: Civilian Attitudes toward War and Peace (with Miguel García-Sánchez) (book project) with related papers:

“Elite Cues in Post-Conflict Contexts” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz* and Miguel García-Sánchez)

“Attitude Formation during Peace Processes” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz* and Rebecca J. Wolfe)

Causes and consequences of inviting intervention by international actors in weak states:

Inviting Intervention: Consenting to Share Sovereignty in Security Institutions (book project) with related papers:

“Shared Sovereignty in State-Building”

Awarded the American Political Science Association’s Foreign Policy Section’s Best Paper Award

“Invited Intervention: A Mechanism to Restore Security in Weak States?” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz*)

“Statebuilding and U.S. Reservations” (with Andrew Bertoli*)

Effects of broader external efforts in weak states:

“Civic Education and Electoral Observation in Violent Elections (w. Leonardo R. Arriola, Manuela Travaglianti, and Justine M. Davis*)

“Third Party Policymakers and the Limits of the Influence of Indicators” (with Melissa M. Lee) (under review)


“Learning to Share: Explaining the Conditions under Which States Delegate Governance,” Center for Global Development’s Working Paper Series, 181 (September 2009): 1-48.

* denotes a current or former UC-Berkeley student co-author.

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