Macrohistory Seminar – Pablo Selaya (University of Copenhagen) “Don’t get mad, get even”

Event details

  • | Thursday, November 22
  • 12:15 PM
  • Kaiserplatz 7-9, 4th floor, Room 4.006
“Don’t get mad, get even” by Pablo Selaya.

The existing literature on conflict puts emphasis on the idea that adverse economic shocks are an important determinant of political violence, conflict and civil war – for instance by reducing the costs of engaging in conflict, or undermining the capacity of the state. In this project, we document that an adverse economic shock to the Bolivian economy during the late 1990’s did not result into a significant increase in violence, but instead into a process of massive political reorganization, driven by regions with a stronger presence of local communities organized as Ayllus – a traditional form of collectivities with roots that go back into the pre-colonial Andes. These results illustrate how a history of institutionalized (and non-violent) cooperation, deliberation and accountability favored politics instead of conflict and political violence as a consequences of economic adversity.

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