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

Also see related Monkey Cage post here. Other media coverage from The Economist and El Espectador.


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. [Ungated 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]. [Working version here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post 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.] [Working version 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.] [Ungated draft here.] [Data here.]

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

Gary LaFree, Min Xie, and Aila M. Matanock. 2017. “Contagious Diffusion of World-Wide Terrorism: It is Less Common than We Might Think.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 41(5) (Print in 2018). [Article here.]

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.]

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)

“External Engagement: Explaining the Spread of Electoral Participation Provisions in Civil Conflict Settlements” (R&R) [Working version here.]

“How and Why Armed Groups Participate in Elections” (with Paul Staniland) (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 Lichtenheld) [Working version here.]

Armed Actor Strategies toward Civilians beyond Combat:

“Candidates and Combatants: Why Do Simultaneous Electoral and Armed Campaigns Occur?”

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

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) (under review)

“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.

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