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How mediator leadership transitions influence mediation effectiveness

Mehrl, Marius and Böhmelt, Tobias (2021) 'How mediator leadership transitions influence mediation effectiveness.' Conflict Management and Peace Science, 38 (1). pp. 45-62. ISSN 0738-8942

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Little is known about how transitions in the government of mediators affect conflict dynamics and resolution. To address this shortcoming, we study executive turnovers of mediators during ongoing interventions in civil war. Mediation effectiveness is largely driven by (trustworthy) information provision and sharing. Changes in mediators’ leaderships have the potential to undermine this, lowering mediation performance. Using data on civil conflicts in 1946–2017, we find robust support for this argument. This research sheds light on a previously neglected factor in conflict resolution that is of particular interest to practitioners and policymakers.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 09:23
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:14

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