Postdoctoral Research Associate – Election Violence in 19th Century England and Wales

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs

Contract Type: Full time, fixed term until 31 December 2020

Grade: Grade 7 (£32,548)

Closing Date: 26 October 2017 (Midday)

The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University seeks to appoint a full time Postdoctoral Research Associate for 36 months to work on the ESRC/AHRC-funded research project “Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales 1832-1914”.

Electoral violence plagues the modern world, but it is not a new phenomenon. Violence and intimidation were a common part of early elections in many now established democracies. This project will use new detailed data to examine electoral violence in England and Wales from its peak after the Great Reform Act (1832) until it disappeared before the Great War (1914). Based on the exceptionally detailed historical records available for England and Wales (1832-1914), we will provide new answers to some of the most challenging questions concerning what leads to electoral violence, the consequences of electoral violence, and how it can be reduced. Our findings will be useful to historians, to political scientists studying electoral violence and development, and to practitioners seeking to tackle this problem in the modern world.

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