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The Politics of Reparations and Apologies

Wolfe, Stephanie

2014, XVIII, 368 p. 10 illus., 5 illus. in color.

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  • ​​​Assessment tool for successful trends in political reparations
  • Highlights certain groups that have been mostly ignored in reparation efforts
  • Establishes model for addressing current human rights violations

The Politics of Reparations and Apologies examines the evolution and dynamics of reparation politics and justice.   The volume introduces the key concepts, theories, and terms associated with social movements and in particular, the redress and reparation movement (RRM).  Drawing  from RRMs that have their foundation in World War  II--the   German  genocides,  the   United  States  internments,  and  the  Japanese  “comfort   women” system--  the volume explores each case study’s relative success or failure in achieving its goals and argues that there are overarching trends that can explain success and failure more generally in the RRM movement. Using the backdrop of international criminal law and normative concepts of reparations, the volume establishes and  analyzes the roles of reparations and apologies in obtaining transitional justice.

In each case study, there is a detailed rundown of the political actions that were attempted to obtain redress and reparation for the victims, of how successful the attempts were, and of the crucial factors which influenced the relative success or failure. Crucially, the volume offers a comparative framework of the actions that contribute to a successful outcome for transitional justice.  With the increasing normative expectation of justice in post-conflict situations, this volume is a valuable resource for researchers in international affairs, human rights, political science, and conflict studies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Nazi regime and genocides - The Justice Cascade - administrative justice - human rights and genocides - reparation norms in international society - repertory justice

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Political Science

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