CfP: Panel - post-conflict democratization: What role for local actors? CEU Conference in Social Sciences, May 27-29 2011
- 7TH CEU Conference in Social Sciences, “What Follows after the Crisis? Approaches to Global Transformations”, Central European University, May 27-29, 2011
Post-conflict democratization: What role for local actors?
Description of the panel
Timothy Sisk (2010) argues that there are two overarching approaches to peacebuilding: democratization and state-building. Democratization is understood as a process of introducing liberal institutions that enable non-violent political competition, inclusion, participation and accountability. However the relationship between peacebulding and democratization is not an easy one. A democratization process itself can create tensions in the war-to-democracy transition (Jarstad and Sisk 2008). Studies of post-conflict peacebuilding tend to focus on the involvement of international actors, on the institutional design and on governance capacities. This panel seeks to expand the understanding of post-conflict democratization by tackling the question what role is there for local actors?
The panel invites papers having an actor centered approach when studying post-conflict democratization. Some of the local actors to be considered are religious organization, various interests organization (e.g. unions and chambers), civil society organizations, political parties and media outlets. Some of the questions to be considered are whether local actors contribute to the post-conflict stability or instability; to what extent they adapt or change the post-conflict conditions in which they operate; to what extent do the legacies of the conflict influence their work?
The panel is not committed to any specific theoretical approach, however comparative analysis of small number of cases and single case studies are favored. The panel seeks to assemble papers that are rich in detail and that show in-depth analysis of local actors in various post-conflict countries across the world.
Interested panelist are invited to send an application (paper title, name and academic affiliation, abstract of maximum 250 words) to taleski_dane@... no later than 22 January 2011.