Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to


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    This was a brief, useful study bridging analysis of armed organizations and electoral politics, and the factors that inform the formation of a political wing and steps towards participation in formal political processes by groups initially founded to challenge the status quo The study s hypothesis pairs internal and external factors in shaping the decision making on this point On the external side, armed groups are pushed to enter into politics when they face competition for legitimacy, and This was a brief, useful study bridging analysis of armed organizations and electoral politics, and the factors that inform the formation of a political wing and steps towards participation in formal political processes by groups initially founded to challenge the status quo The study s hypothesis pairs internal and external factors in shaping the decision making on this point On the external side, armed groups are pushed to enter into politics when they face competition for legitimacy, and by the degree to which the formal political system offers a genuine avenue towards power and representation of their interests this usefully highlights the importance of electoral systems in shaping political opportunity structures On the internal side, the shift occurs when groups are pushed by a factional interest group within the organization that sees advantage in joining politics, and by pressure of institutional expansion, bureaucratization, and growth All of these factors are are held to be necessary and reciprocal.The author argues that despite standard assumptions generally rooted in studies of the experience of the IRA, which is one of the three case studies that entry into electoral politics will produce a linear process of political accommodation and eventual abandonment of the use of force, this shift is not automatic and some groups notably Hezbollah and Hamas, the other two case studies persist in their use of both armed and unarmed strategies.The study does not focus on non electoral forms of political participation, or where armed groups have the means to seriously displace state institutions and other major rivals through force alone But I think the discussion of internal factional interests and external structural environments may be general enough to be applied to other cases as well, and it was an interesting read overall


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Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration Many armed political movements such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Irish Republican Army IRA have their roots in insurrection and rebellion In Armed Political Organizations, Benedetta Berti seeks to understand when and why violent actors in a political organization choose to vote rather than bomb their way to legitimacyBerti argues that the classic theory of the democratization process, which sees violence and elections at opposite ends of the political spectrum, is too simplistic and wholly inadequate for understanding the negotiation and disarmament work that is necessary for peaceful resolution of armed conflicts and movement toward electoral options In this comparative study, she develops an alternative cyclical model that clarifies why armed groups create a political wing and compete in elections, and how this organizational choice impacts subsequent decisions to relinquish armed struggleIn her conclusion, Berti draws out what the implications are for a government s ability to engage armed political groups to improve the chances of political integration Berti s innovative framework and careful choice of case studies, presented in a jargon free, accessible style, will make this book attractive to not only scholars and students of democratization processes but also policymakers interested in conflict resolution and peacekeeping efforts

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration
  • Benedetta Berti
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 1421409747

About the Author: Benedetta Berti

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