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Post-Election Violence In Kenya: Place-Based Explanations Of Con Ict, Andrew Martin Linke Jan 2013

Post-Election Violence In Kenya: Place-Based Explanations Of Con Ict, Andrew Martin Linke

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When and where do contentious politics become violent politics? How does election violence emerge from, and operate through, formal and informal social institutions? What are the impacts of this electoral violence for the people and places it affects? Focusing on the conflict that followed Kenya's December 27th 2007 national election, I use a geographical conceptual framework and mixed quantitative-qualitative methods to understand a phenomenon that plagues many African societies. I find evidence that local level social circumstances - contextual effects - influence the observed rate of conflict. These settings are measured in terms of ethnic community relations, socioeconomic status, and the ...