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Pathways of impact : How transitional justice affects democratic institution-building

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This policy paper examines some common assumptions about how transitional justice contributes to democratic institution-building. It finds that transitional justice operates such an effect through delegitimation, reform, and empowerment – however to a lesser degree than often assumed. In some instances it has even had (unintended) negative consequences on democratic institution-building.

TJDI Policy Paper 1, October 2014.

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