The People's Peace? Civil Society, Peace Agreements and Participatory Democracy
International Political Science Review, 2007
Posted: 19 Mar 2009
Date Written: June 1, 2007
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
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