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The People's Peace? Peace Agreements, Civil Society, and Participatory Democracy

Bell, Christine and O'Rourke, Catherine (2007) The People's Peace? Peace Agreements, Civil Society, and Participatory Democracy. International Political Science Review, 28 (3). pp. 293-324. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0192512107077094


This article, drawing on an extensive collection of peace agreements dating from 1990 until the present day, analyzes peace agreement provisions for civil society involvement and considers the extent to which peace agreements proffer new models of participatory democracy. We begin with some background and a short overview of political theory on participatory democracy, identifying key dilemmas. The body of the article sets out a comprehensive analysis of peace agreement provisions for civil society, indicating how peace agreements negotiate the dilemmas identified in theory. We then evaluate this negotiation in the context of post-agreement implementation difficulties. In conclusion, we discuss the implications for future research.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Transitional Justice, Civil Society, Constitutional law, Democratic Institutions, peace agreements, peace and conflict, political participation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:4967
Deposited By: Professor Christine Bell
Deposited On:06 Jan 2010 21:26
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 09:50

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