Theme Panel: Legitimizing Post-Conflict States

Legitimizing Post-Conflict States: Empirical and Theoretical Microfoundations

An emerging consensus holds that a key determinant of peacebuilding success is the ability of international actors to create domestic institutions perceived by local populations as legitimate. The legitimacy of state institutions, which allows post-conflict states to collect taxes and enforce the rule of law in spite of low capacity, provides the foundation for long-lasting peace. Yet, political science still lacks a systematic understanding of how international peacebuilders can successfully craft legitimate institutions in post-conflict states.

Aila M. Matanock, University of California-Berkeley (Chair)
David A. Lake, University of California, San Diego (Discussant)
Eric Stollenwerk, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Discussant)

Local Peace, International Builders: Localized Peace Enforcement after Conflict
William G. Nomikos, Yale University (Author)

The Means of Power in UN Peacekeeping
Lise Morje Howard, Georgetown University (Author)

The Role of Exposure and Information in Post-Conflict Governance
Sabrina Karim (Author)

Estimating a Causal Effect of UN Peacekeeping on Local Security
Bernd Beber, New York University (Author)