Sabine Carey is presenting a joint project with Anita Gohdes and Neil Mitchell at the 6th International Conference on the Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship (PEDD) at the University of Münster, 23–25 February 2023. This project asks whether auxiliary armed forces help leaders stay in power. Initial results suggest that while pro-government militias in general do not contribute to leadership tenure, leaders that can rely on auxiliary forces that are directly connected to them stay in power for longer than those without a direct link to such armed group. A direct link seems to signal loyalty more effectively than co-ethnic or co-religious militia forces.
Presentation at the 6th Conference on the Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship