Nadine Ansorg / Matthias Basedau / Felix Haass / Julia Strasheim

Mind the Gap: An Annotated Overview of Datasets in the Study of Institutions and Conflict in Divided Societies

GIGA Working Paper, No. 234, September 2013

Abstract
This paper engages in a systematic overview of the existing datasets on institutions, conflict and peace, as well as divisions and diversity. This overview indicates that an enormous amount of data is unevenly distributed across different issue areas. There is a lack of data capturing specific sets of political institutions (e.g., centripetalism), dynamic changes in a country’s relational demographics across identity groups, the ethnicization of political institutions (especially in the security sector), and security sector reform. Many datasets suffer from missing data and an alarming dearth of transparency. Our paper concludes with suggestions for yet unexplored research questions and avenues for further data collection.

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs
Editor GIGA Focus Africa

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau is director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs and professor of political science at the University of Hamburg. His research focuses on political institutions and armed conflicts, as well as how both are linked to ethnicity, religion, and natural resources. He is also the regional coordinator for Central and West Africa within the framework of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index.

Dr. Felix Haass is a research fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs, a member of the GIGA’s “Peace and Security” research programme, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Osnabrück. His research interests include civil war dynamics, international conflict management, the political economy of institutions after civil wars, and autocratic politics.

Julia Strasheim is Associate at the GIGA and researcher at the "Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung".

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