Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice : Challenges for Empirical Research

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-28
  • Publisher: United States Inst of Peace Pr
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In Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice, fourteen leading researchers study seventy countries that have suffered from autocratic rule, genocide, and protracted internal conflict, and gauge the effectiveness of various transitional justice mechanisms in wide-ranging sociocultural contexts. They use empirical research to make statistical comparisons among the bewildering array of factors that can affect the success or failure of transitional justice. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Hugo van der Merwe, transitional justice program manager at Cape Town's Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, is coeditor in chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Victoria Baxter is deputy director of communications and public affairs at the United Nations Foundation and a former senior program associate at the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Audrey R. Chapman, Healey Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, is the author of sixteen books, including Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? (with Hugo van der Merwe).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Policy Implications of Empirical Research on Transitional Justicep. 13
Cross-National Comparative Analysisp. 23
Truth Finding in the Transitional Justice Processp. 91
Delivering Justice during Transition: Research Challengesp. 115
Approaches to Studying Reconciliationp. 143
Taking Stock of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Assessing Citizen Attitudes through Surveysp. 173
Survivor Studies: The Importance of Evaluating the Effects of Truth Commissions on Survivors of Human Rights Violationsp. 191
Confessional Performances: A Methodological Approach to Studying Perpetrators' Testimoniesp. 227
Truth and Transitional Justice in South Africap. 249
Too Deep, Too Threatening: Understandings of Reconciliation in Northern Irelandp. 265
Local Histories: A Methodology for Understanding: Community Perspectives on Transitional Justicep. 295
Practical Considerations in Comparative Research: Approaching Problems from the Bottom and from Withinp. 313
Critical Challenges for the Development of the Transitional Justice Research Fieldp. 325
Indexp. 335
About the Editorsp. 345
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