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

International Political Science Review, 2007

Posted: 19 Mar 2009

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Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Catherine O'Rourke

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: June 1, 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Civil society, Constitutional law, Democratic institutions, Peace agreements, Peace and conflict, Political participation

Suggested Citation

Bell, Christine and O'Rourke, Catherine, The People's Peace? Civil Society, Peace Agreements and Participatory Democracy (June 1, 2007). International Political Science Review, 2007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359801

Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Catherine O'Rourke (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

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Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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