Institutions and Social Violence

Led by Kristian Hoelscher
Jan 2012 - Oct 2014


This political science project explores how interpersonal or social violence is affected by political and institutional conditions. The project examines how democratization and urbanization are bringing about changes in the types and locations of emerging violence in the global South suggests that democratizing countries have higher rates of interpersonal violence; and focuses on understanding how political order and the legitimacy of institutions can shape conditions where violence may or may not emerge. The project employs a mixed-methods design, utilizing both cross-national quantitative analyses and disaggregated and in-depth case studies in Brazil. The findings of the project will build knowledge on how local political arrangements and the functioning of institutions can affect urban security, and how the nature of violence may evolve as populations continue to shift to urban areas.

This PhD project at the Department for Political Science, University of Oslo, is conducted at CSCW/PRIO.

PRIO Supervisor: Henrik Urdal
UiO Supervisor: Anne Julie Semb


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hoelscher, Kristian & Enzo Nussio (2016) Understanding Unlikely Successes in Urban Violence Reduction, Urban Studies 53(11): 2397–2416.
Hoelscher, Kristian (2015) Politics and Social Violence in Developing Democracies: Theory and Evidence from Brazil, Political Geography 44(1): 29–39.

Popular Article

Norheim-Martinsen, Per Martin & Kristian Hoelscher (2014) Kan ditt nabolag få urban krigføring à la Ferguson? [Could your neighbourhood see urban warfare à la Ferguson?], Aftenposten, 21 August.
Hoelscher, Kristian (2014) Selvmål i Brasil [An Own Goal in Brazil], Aftenposten, 18 June.