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Practice without evidence: interrogating conflict resolution approaches and assumptions

Carayannis, Tatiana, Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Olin, Nathaniel, Rigterink, Anouk and Schomerus, Mareike (2014) Practice without evidence: interrogating conflict resolution approaches and assumptions. JSRP Paper 11. Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper reviews the evidence base that underpins contemporary approaches to the resolution of violent conflict, in an effort to improve the lives of conflict-affected populations. By means of a systematic literature review, the paper explores both academic work and grey literature focusing on the experiences of the 'end-users' of conflict resolution efforts. It finds that current approaches to conflict resolution are often based on weak evidence and normative objectives and make problematic assumptions regarding the actors and conflict structures involved as well as on the conflict resolution strategies employed. The conclusion highlights the need to strengthen the evidence base of conflict research in order to bring conflict resolution practice into line with empirical realities. The paper forms part of a series of systematic evidence reviews undertaken by the JSRP. Other papers in the series include a review of evidence on Security, Justice, Resources, and Climate Change.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Research centres and groups > Justice and Security Research Consortium (JSRP)
Identification Number: JSRP Paper 11
Projects: Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)
Funders: UK aid, UK Government
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 09:28

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