From War to Democracy Dilemmas of Peacebuilding

ISBN-10: 0521713277
ISBN-13: 9780521713276
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Attempts to introduce democracy in the wake of civil war face a critical problem: how can war-torn societies move towards peace and democracy when competitive politics and hard-fought elections exacerbate social and political conflict? Through a study of six themes (peacekeeping, management of violence, power sharing, political party transformation, elections, civil society and international reactions to democratization crises) this volume considers the dilemmas that arise in pursuing peace after civil war through processes of democratization. The contributors' research highlights the complex relationship between democratization, which is competitive, and peacebuilding or efforts to achieve reconciliation. The book offers insights into more effective action in peacebuilding in light of the short-term negative effects that democratization can introduce. It is a thought-provoking work that seeks both to advance theory and to provide policy-relevant findings to facilitate more effective and durable transitions from war to democracy.

Anna K. Jarstad is Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Conflict and Democracy Program in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Timothy D. Sisk is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

List of tables
About the authors
List of acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The perils of war-to-democracy transitions
Dilemmas of war-to-democracy transitions: theories and concepts
The security context
Peacekeeping and democratization
Violence in war-to-democracy transitions
The political process
Power sharing: former enemies in joint government
When rebels change their stripes: armed insurgents in post-war politics
Post-war elections: uncertain turning points of transition
Civil society in war-to-democracy transitions
International engagement
International responses to crises of democratization in war-torn societies
Peacebuilding as democratization: findings and recommendations
References
Index

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