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Can Power Sharing Help Build Political Trust Following Civil War? Microlevel Evidence from Mindanao

Caroline Hartzell, professor of political science at Gettysburg College and a UC Davis alumna, draws from survey data in the Philippines to explore the potential for peace agreements to build trust.

May 04, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

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Abstract: Building political trust in the aftermath of civil war is among the most important challenges that postwar states face. Levels of political trust affect the likelihood that peace agreements will be implemented,

that post‐conflict reforms will be carried out, and the potential for conflict recurrence. Little is known, however, about how political trust can be fostered in the aftermath of civil wars. I explore this issue by focusing on the potential that power sharing peace settlements have to build trust. I focus on three mechanisms via which power‐sharing settlements, as well as four individual forms of power sharing – political, military, territorial, and economic – may shape political trust: (1) public goods delivery, (2) fairness and equal treatment, and (3) engagement. I use data from a survey of 3000 individuals in Mindanao in the Philippines to test hypotheses regarding these mechanisms.

Caroline A. Hartzell is a professor of political science at Gettysburg College, where she has taught in the Political Science Department since 1993. Hartzell’s research focuses on civil war settlements, including the use of power‐sharing arrangements as a means of ending civil wars. She has engaged in fieldwork in Afghanistan, Colombia, and the Philippines. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and World Politics, among others. Hartzell is currently editor of the journal Conflict Management and Peace Science. She has also received her PhD from UC Davis.