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Local understandings and experiences of transitional justice: a review of the evidence

Macdonald, Anna (2013) Local understandings and experiences of transitional justice: a review of the evidence. . Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Scope and purpose:- Since the late 1980s, ‘transitional justice’ (TJ) principles and practices have gradually become normalised in international relations diplomacy and international development policy and yet we know very little about how transitional justice interventions are experienced locally, i.e. at the sub-state, community and individual level. This review sets out to examine and interrogate the extant literature on the local effects of transitional justice debates and processes. The review is discursive rather than conclusive and does not seek to impose a summary judgment on whether transitional justice ‘works’ or not. Methodology:- The evidence review uses a rigorous bibliographic search methodology to identify existing literature that includes ‘local-level’ empirical data. Three searches were conducted: a systematic database-driven search, a snowball search and a peer-led search. The literature yielded from the searches was ‘graded’ for evidential quality and quality of analysis using the Justice and Security Research Programme’s (JSRP) grading method. Shortcomings and limitations of the search methodology are explored. Download full annotated bibliography.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2020 00:37
Projects: Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)
Funders: UK aid, UK Government

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