Transformation of Political Violence?

First TraCe Working Paper outlines research program on political violence

Political violence has many faces: from riotous protests to wars between states. It remains ever-present and has immense moral and political implications. However, the overall develop­ment of political violence remains poorly understood. The first TraCe working paper outlines a research program.

Prof. Dr Christopher Daase, Dr Jonas J. Driedger, Dr Stefan Kroll, Dr Sabine Mannitz, Dr Hendrik Simon and Prof. Dr Jonas Wolff identify three general positions: Political violence has either de­clined, escalated, or taken different forms. The authors provide a basic frame­work to better group existing approaches, examine available findings, and to en­able the design of further research to better under­stand the development of political violence.

The literature shows: narrower and broader definitions of political violence exist, each allowing for a more fo­cused or wholistic investigations. It also distinguishes three crucial aspects of political violence: its forms and patterns, the role of political in­stitutions, and its social construction and justification, which are respresented in the TraCe research areas. A basic typology on the direction, basic units, and forms of po­litical violence is also proposed.

Together, these definitions, aspects, and basic con­cepts provide a general framework with which to explore new ways of develo­ping political violence. Connecting different strands of research from different dis­ciplinary perspectives is central to this.

The working paper is available for download here.