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Saumitra Jha (Graduate School of Business de Stanford)

War and Freedom

Social Sciences Conference Thursday, 17 November 2022, 19:00 hours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.

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Fundación Ramón Areces e Instituto "Figuerola" de Historia y Ciencias Sociales - UC3M

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Are wars the engine of social change?  War and peace often affect differently the strength and radicality of social movements. Wars tend to foster situations in which historically disadvantaged social groups develop the organizational capacity necessary to strengthen their collective action.  On the other hand, when wars pose an external threat, elites have no choice but to tolerate the development of the organizational capacity of marginalized and excluded social groups.  The consolidation of these skills and, therefore, the increase in the threat of violent action by these groups, occupies a central place in current theories to explain both institutional change and political transitions, such as the emergence of revolutionary processes, democratic transitions in Europe, or less dramatic changes such as the development of modern tax systems or changes in the dominant elites in a country. 

This conference offers the analysis of these dynamics, from the role of ex-combatants in the diffusion of social conflicts and radical political and institutional changes, as well as the strategies followed to prevent the emergence of post-conflict social fractures.  Different historical experiences will be discussed, such as the French Revolution, political reforms in the United Kingdom, or the consequences of more recent conflicts in South Asia and other parts of the world. 

Thursday,  17 November

18:30 h.

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19:00 h.

War and Freedom

Saumitra Jha
Graduate School of Business de Stanford.



Miguel Jerez Méndez
Consejo Ciencias Sociales. Fundación Ramón Areces.


Speaker's presentation:

Juan Carmona
Director Instituto "Figuerola" de Historia y Ciencias Sociales - UC3M.


  Saumitra Jha

Saumitra Jha is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Affairs and convenes the Stanford Conflict and Polarization Lab. An economist by training, his work combines formal theory, qualitative fieldwork, natural experiments in history and contemporary field experiments. His research focuses on economic, financial and organizational approaches to mitigating political polarization and violent conflict. He is currently working on three themes: How financial innovations and trading opportunities mitigate or exacerbate conflict? How the strategy of nonviolent protest works sometimes, but often fails? And how networks of influential individuals can undermine or rebuild democratic freedoms?

Jha’s work has been published in leading journals in both, economics and political science. His research on ethnic tolerance won the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in political economy and his co-authored work on heroic networks received the Oliver Williamson Award for best paper. Last, but not least, he also received the Teacher of the Year Award, voted by the students of the Stanford GSB Sloan Fellows Program.

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