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Dissertation Title: “Parties and non-Partisans: Party formation in Post-Conflict Democracies”
Committee chair: David Waldner Committee members: Carol Mershon, Echeverri-Gent, William Quandt
Why do politicians in new democracies either form or join parties to run in elections, or instead decide to run as independents? The literature on party formation has emphasized the positive case for political parties as the most effective means of winning elective office, political representation, and solving governance problems. My dissertation investigates the conditions under which relevant elites will refrain from building political parties. Political elites will not invoke party building if they perceive non-partisanship as the more optimal strategy.