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AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY: A Study of Generational Attitudes Towards Accountability and Transitional Justice in Nepal
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

How does age affect attitudes towards post-conflict accountability of perpetrators of armed conflict? Using a novel survey dataset collected from Nepal in 2018, ordinal logistic regression modelling is used to test the hypothesis that youth respondents would be more supportive of Transitional Justice (TJ) mechanisms that hold perpetrators of armed violence accountable. Drawing upon the youth bulge literature and the theory of Future Time Perspectives, the results reveal a contrary relationship than initially expected. Older respondents were found to be more supportive of holding perpetrators of violence accountable than youth respondents and were more likely to support the use of almost every TJ mechanism to a greater extent. These results are found to be significant and robust overall. While no support for the hypothesis was found, these findings present a first attempt into understanding the links between age and attitudes towards post-conflict accountability. These findings also call for new theoretical avenues to be explored. This study also has policy implications in allowing us to understand the diverse post-conflict peacebuilding needs of different age groups at a time where policy actors and victims are calling upon peacebuilding processes that reflect the needs of conflict-affected communities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 68
Keywords [en]
Age, youth, Transitional Justice, post-conflict attitudes, accountability, Youth Bulge Theory, Future Time Perspective, Nepal
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385533DiVA, id: diva2:1324867
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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