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It Takes More than Two: An explanatory case study on the duration of the civil war in Colombia

Rahm, Freja LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This is an explanatory case study with the purpose to explain the duration of the civil war in Colombia. The theoretical claim is that the multiple and complex actors with shifting roles and motives best can explain the duration of the conflict. It is based on Cunningham’s (2006) veto player approach but developed further. The material used is secondary material (academic articles, books and news articles) in Spanish, English and Swedish. The theoretical framework and the analysis are divided up in three sections: past, present and assumptions of the future. In contrast to the two-actor models which are prominent in the literature, the thesis shows how the multiple and complex actors, veto player and non-veto players, make other competing... (More)
This is an explanatory case study with the purpose to explain the duration of the civil war in Colombia. The theoretical claim is that the multiple and complex actors with shifting roles and motives best can explain the duration of the conflict. It is based on Cunningham’s (2006) veto player approach but developed further. The material used is secondary material (academic articles, books and news articles) in Spanish, English and Swedish. The theoretical framework and the analysis are divided up in three sections: past, present and assumptions of the future. In contrast to the two-actor models which are prominent in the literature, the thesis shows how the multiple and complex actors, veto player and non-veto players, make other competing explanations, such as geographical conditions, cost and finance of war, and inequality and poverty prior to the conflict, more complex and difficult to solve. It also argues that the difficulty in reaching a settlement is due to both there being multiple actors but also because the government does not recognise and negotiate with all actors. (Less)
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Rahm, Freja LU
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STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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multiple actors, civil war duration, Colombia, non-state actors, veto player approach
language
English
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8922675
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2018-04-27 10:14:52
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  abstract     = {This is an explanatory case study with the purpose to explain the duration of the civil war in Colombia. The theoretical claim is that the multiple and complex actors with shifting roles and motives best can explain the duration of the conflict. It is based on Cunningham’s (2006) veto player approach but developed further. The material used is secondary material (academic articles, books and news articles) in Spanish, English and Swedish. The theoretical framework and the analysis are divided up in three sections: past, present and assumptions of the future. In contrast to the two-actor models which are prominent in the literature, the thesis shows how the multiple and complex actors, veto player and non-veto players, make other competing explanations, such as geographical conditions, cost and finance of war, and inequality and poverty prior to the conflict, more complex and difficult to solve. It also argues that the difficulty in reaching a settlement is due to both there being multiple actors but also because the government does not recognise and negotiate with all actors.},
  author       = {Rahm, Freja},
  keyword      = {multiple actors,civil war duration,Colombia,non-state actors,veto player approach},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {It Takes More than Two: An explanatory case study on the duration of the civil war in Colombia},
  year         = {2017},
}