By Professor Anna K. Jarstad, Professor Timothy D. Sisk
Makes an attempt to introduce democracy within the wake of civil struggle face a severe challenge: how can war-torn societies movement in the direction of peace and democracy while aggressive politics and hard-fought elections exacerbate social and political clash? via a examine of six topics (peacekeeping, administration of violence, energy sharing, political occasion transformation, elections, civil society and overseas reactions to democratization crises) this quantity considers the dilemmas that come up in pursuing peace after civil conflict via tactics of democratization. The members' examine highlights the advanced dating among democratization, that's aggressive, and peacebuilding or efforts to accomplish reconciliation. The e-book bargains insights into more desirable motion in peacebuilding in gentle of the non permanent unwanted effects that democratization can introduce. it's a thought-provoking paintings that seeks either to improve idea and to supply policy-relevant findings to facilitate more advantageous and sturdy transitions from conflict to democracy.
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People often demand rapid and real improvement in the quality of life. But democracy does not automatically result in other desirable goals such as economic development and equality. Many of the obstacles embedded in the democratization process also relate to the fact that the different democratization components cannot be achieved all at once. Initially there are typically great discrepancies between public demands and the institutional capacity to deliver, as well as between public loyalty to the state and the state’s capacity to control undemocratic elements and make legitimate political decisions.
In the book’s concluding chapter, Timothy D. Sisk returns to the question of ‘‘dilemmas for whom’’ and pulls together the key findings of the foregoing contributions on how international actors and protagonists must face up to the reality that there are inherent trade-offs and difficulties in war-to-democracy transitions. The clear message of this research is that in some instances, the dilemmas of democratization simply cannot be avoided: either the imperatives of peacebuilding and conflict management, or the imperatives of democratization, must be singularly chosen in a particular situation as the right path to peace.
For democracy to take root, actors mobilized for war have to abandon military methods for negotiations and compromises. These leaders also have to convince their followers that they should demobilize and be prepared for concessions. Ideally, they should also abandon excluding ideologies, such as ethnonationalism, and strive for broad-based democratic support. But also parties commonly labeled as terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, can gain democratic legitimacy via parliamentary elections. Although Dilemmas of war-to-democracy transitions 23 the hope is that this will lead to a change in Hamas’ politics, democratic institutions do not always produce peaceful democrats.