Human Rights Interventions

Impact, Legitimacy, and Limitations of Truth Commissions

Authors: Nichols, Angela D.

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  • Makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how institutions of transitional justice are best able to serve individuals, states, and the international community
  • Demonstrates that certain characteristics of truth commissions are necessary in order for those truth commissions to be impactful
  • Uses a new dataset to identify and test three components of legitimacy - authority demonstrated by a strong mandate, a break with the past signaled by a new regime, and transparency via public hearings and published reports
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This book develops a theoretical understanding of how truth commissions achieve legitimacy and contribute to peace and stability. Angela D. Nichols argues that truth commissions are most likely to impact society when they possess certain institutional characteristics—characteristics that send important political signals to the state and broader society alike. If these signals suggest greater degrees of authority, a break with the past, and transparency in both its investigations and its findings, the truth commission is more likely to impact society. In particular, Nichols examines whether or not states that adopt truth commissions with these characteristics are more likely to respect human rights and experience lower levels of violence. She concludes with an analysis of Colombia’s newly established Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Recurrence Commission. 


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Angela D. Nichols is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, USA. She has published work in the Journal of Conflict ResolutionInternational Studies PerspectivesConflict, Security, & Development; and Civil Wars. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Impact, Legitimacy, and Limitations of Truth Commissions
Authors
Series Title
Human Rights Interventions
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11172-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11172-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11171-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 106
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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