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Unintended Consequences in Transitional Justice: Social Recovery at the Local Level

Toshihiro Abe
Unintended Consequences in Transitional Justice: Social Recovery at the Local Level
ISBN: 978-1-62637-744-8
$38.50
ISBN: 978-1-62637-747-9
$38.50
2018/241 pages/LC: 2018010689

DESCRIPTION

Though transitional justice has been hailed by many as the best path toward reconciliation and stability in postconflict and democratizing societies, criticisms of the approach also abound, with a significant number of TJ programs labeled failures.

What accounts for this difference of opinion? How is success measured? Have the societies that sought to implement a plan for TJ followed the trajectory laid out in the policy design phase? And if not, was success sometimes achieved despite this variation—or perhaps because of it? Toshihiro Abe addresses these questions through an exploration of TJ projects at the local level in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Highlighting the tension between national goals and local realities, and finding unexpected positive outcomes within the context of official failure, Abe provides an important new understanding of the diverse outcomes of TJ policy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toshihiro Abe is professor of sociology at Otani University.

CONTENTS

  • Unintended Consequences in Transitional Justice.
  • Recognizing a Transitional Society.
  • Goodwill and Ideals in the Face of Resistance.
  • Going Beyond Official Mobilization.
  • Challenging the Official Scenario.
  • From Nation Building to Achieving a Dynamic Equilibrium.
  • Planning for Unplanned Social Recovery
     
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