Navigating Inclusion in Transitions from Conflict: The Formalised Political Unsettlement
Journal of International Development, 29:5 (2017)
22 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2017 Last revised: 17 Oct 2017
Date Written: February 10, 2017
The project of ensuring that political settlements are inclusive is key to the attempts of negotiating transitions from conflict over the last 25 years. Examining such transitions, we point to the emergence of the ‘formalised political unsettlement’ as a persistent outcome. The formalised political unsettlement translates the disagreement at the heart of the conflict into a set of political and legal institutions for continuing negotiation. As the conditions of its emergence will not change and the formalised political unsettlement may be here to stay, we point to the opportunities for navigating between elite inclusion and broader societal inclusion that it offers.
Keywords: political settlements, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, peace agreements, inclusion
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