Constitutional Reform, Transition and Preventing Violence: An Assessment of Kenya’s New Constitution in Light of the Need for Political and Peaceful Transformation

Posted: 28 Sep 2011 Last revised: 2 Nov 2013

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Thomas Obel Hansen

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: September 28, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines Kenya's 2010 constitution from the perspective of whether and how it can remedy problems of political violence. It is argued that the constitution does entail some important changes, including reforms of the system of governance, judicial reforms, decentralization. However, the paper concludes that these reforms will have little value if not followed by a change in the political culture.

Keywords: Kenya, constitutional reforms, political violence, transitional justice

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Thomas Obel, Constitutional Reform, Transition and Preventing Violence: An Assessment of Kenya’s New Constitution in Light of the Need for Political and Peaceful Transformation (September 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1934600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1934600

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