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), El Espectador, and Ozy.


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. [Working version 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.

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. [2017 online 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)

PAPERS (under Review and in Progress)

On Civil Conflict, Post-Conflict Elections, and External Engagement:

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

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

Civilians in Civil Combat:

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

On International Involvement in Weak States:

“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 the Rule of Law in Weak States?” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz*)

“Tribal Relations: Social Cohesion and Shared Sovereignty” (with Andrew Bertoli*)

“Civic Education and Electoral Observation in Violent Elections: Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 Election” (with Leonardo R. Arriola, Manuela Travaglianti, and Justine M. Davis*)

“Bottom Ten: 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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