This panel brings together scholars working on issues of political representation in fragile and transitional states. We focus on how the interests of various social groups are fought for (or against), and ultimately represented during and following a political crisis or conflict.
Citizens are more likely to participate peacefully in politics when they feel that their interests are represented. Nowhere is the establishment of peaceful participation more important than in fragile and transitional states. Here, political representation is a high-stakes game, and often means access to the resources and inclusive growth required for constituents' sustainable well-being. How is political representation achieved or upheld during and following a political crisis or conflict? How can opposing social groups' competing interests be effectively represented in fragile and transitional states? How do external actors' such as donors and NGOs facilitate or obstruct effective representation? Beyond holding elections, how do other expressions of political interest (e.g. demonstrations or riots) further political representation? In this panel, five papers seek to provide answers to these and similar questions. We welcome empirical submissions analyzing the process of representation in fragile contexts from a political economy perspective. Submissions can focus on state agents and politicians and their role in political representation, as well as on actors beyond the state, e.g. ex-combatants or customary authorities and respective interests.