The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition


The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition

9781783479047 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Hans-Joachim Giessmann, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation, Germany, Roger Mac Ginty, Durham Global Security Institute, Durham University, UK, with Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert, Berghof Foundation, Germany
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78347 904 7 Extent: 392 pp
What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change? These questions are the focus of this comparative study written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. This state-of-the-art volume identifies patterns in political transitions, but is largely unconvinced that these transitions bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure, and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines.

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A better understanding of regime changes, and their drivers, is vital to understanding the root causes of conflict and instability. In doing so, national and international actors can develop appropriate strategies to address, curb and prevent escalations of violence when these transitions occur. This innovative book explores the motivations and impacts of regime change and political transition in the contemporary era. Systematically examining the drivers, formats and long term impacts of transitions, the contributors seek to identify patterns, commonalities, and disjunctures between them.

Bringing together leading scholars and practitioners with longstanding relationships to the conflicts they have covered, this book provides systematic cross-case examinations of regime change. It examines the structural and immediate triggers of transitions both external and internal, as well as shedding light on the ways in which everyday life is changed by them – for better or worse. Providing a framework for typological and comparative analysis, this book provides ontological and epistemological perspectives on 14 case studies of regime change following civil wars, secessionist conflicts, popular revolutions, military rule and foreign intervention.

This book is a vital tool for academics and students of political science, development, history, regional, peace and conflict studies. Reflecting on regime change processes spanning different regions and types of transition, The Elgar Companion to Post Conflict Transition is an accessible way to cover key debates.
Contributors: A.-G. Abdulai, B. Austin, R.K. Bhandari, E. Blakaj, U. Bozkurt, G. Crawford, G. Culaj, N. Džuverović, C. Emery, B. Engels, G. Gabusi, H.J. Giessmann, F.P. Kühn, R. Mac Ginty, A. Mazrreku, S. Pogodda, R. Read, S. Robins, S. Ruzza, C. Seifert, G. Tepšić, M. van Leeuwen, A. Weber

Hans J. Giessmann and Roger Mac Ginty

Key concepts in political transitions
Roger Mac Ginty

Part I Transitions after civil war
1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
Goran Tepšić and Nemanja Džuverović

2. Burundi
Mathijs van Leeuwen

3. Nepal
Ram Kumar Bhandari and Simon Robins

Part II Transitions after (popular) revolutions
4. German Democratic Republic
Hans J. Giessmann

5. Iran
Christian Emery

6. Tunisia
Sandra Pogodda

Part III Transitions after violent secession
7. Kosovo
Avni Mazrreku, Gjon Culaj and Elvin Blakaj

8. South Sudan
Róisín Read

9. Northern Cyprus
Umut Bozkurt

Part IV Transitions after military rule
10. Burkina Faso
Bettina Engels

11. Eritrea
Annette Weber

12. Ghana
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Gordon Crawford

13. Myanmar
Stefano Ruzza and Giuseppe Gabusi

Part V Transition after foreign intervention
14. Afghanistan
Florian P. Kühn

Part VI Comparisons
15. Fourteen Regime Transitions: What have we learned?
Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert


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