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The political consequences of reintegration programmes in current peace-building: A framework for analysis
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2013 (English)In: Conflict, Security and Development, ISSN 1467-8802, E-ISSN 1478-1174, Vol. 13, no 1, 87-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article demonstrates how democracy and peace-building can interlink at the micro-level, as demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) programmes feed into democratisation via their rarely studied political impact among individual ex-combatants. Using the reintegration experiences of ex-combatants in Liberia and the literature on policy feedback, this article demonstrates the varying impacts of current peace-building on the politics of ex-combatants, and develops a framework to analyse this relationship further in other cases. This theoretical framework offers a tool to grapple with and make sense of the political consequences of DDR, thereby clarifying how reintegration programmes structure and condition the ex-combatants' continued political voice. In particular, it is suggested that reintegration programmes influence the politics of ex-combatants either through resources obtained in the programmes, enabling access to politics in a different way, or through their institutional design and procedural traits, offering cognitive cues that either emphasise democratic norms or promote conflict in politics at large.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. Vol. 13, no 1, 87-116 p.
Keyword [en]
DDR, reintegration programs, ex-combatants, Liberia, policy feedback, focus groups
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science; Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197030DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2013.770260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197030DiVA: diva2:611529
Available from: 2013-03-17 Created: 2013-03-17 Last updated: 2013-03-21Bibliographically approved

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