Navigating Inclusion in Transitions from Conflict: The Formalised Political Unsettlement

Journal of International Development, 29:5 (2017)

Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2017/04

22 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2017 Last revised: 17 Oct 2017

Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Jan Pospisil

Independent

Date Written: February 10, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bell, Christine and Pospisil, Jan, Navigating Inclusion in Transitions from Conflict: The Formalised Political Unsettlement (February 10, 2017). Journal of International Development, 29:5 (2017); Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2017/04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2922470 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2922470

Christine Bell (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/staff/christinebell/

Jan Pospisil

Independent

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