Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence

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Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence

Sarah Birch

Department of Politics

School of Social and Political Sciences

University of Glasgow


Project researchers

Sarah Birch, Politics

Paul Cockshott, Computing Science



unis, Computing science



acdonald, Computing Science

A PhD student


Aims of the project


develop conceptual, practical and methodological tools


Understand electoral violence

Assess strategies for deterring electoral violence

Assess strategies for preventing/minimising electoral violence


Electoral violence and social media

This project does not study social media

This project will use social media as data to study electoral violence

Specifically, the project will use tweets about electoral violence to identify incidents of electoral violence in selected elections around the world


Using social media to approximate events


dictionary of terms will be developed

Pilot coding of tweets will be conducted manually and compared with independent data on electoral violence for pilot cases

Machine-learning techniques will be developed to analyse tweets and interpolate from these a list of incidents of electoral violence + salient characteristics of each incident

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