Dividing the Spoils: The Impact of Power Sharing on Possibilities for Socioeconomic Transformation in Post conflict States



McAuliffe, PG ORCID: 0000-0002-7712-5472
(2017) Dividing the Spoils: The Impact of Power Sharing on Possibilities for Socioeconomic Transformation in Post conflict States. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 11 (2). 197 - 217.

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Abstract

Transitional justice (TJ) is increasingly concerned with transforming unjust economic structures through realizing socioeconomic rights. In postconflict states, the prospects for progressively realizing these rights are conditioned by ‘ordinary’ post-peace politics inasmuch as they are obstructive, permissive or actively constructive of pro-poor policies and redistribution, or receptive to civil society pressure from below. While these domestic politics in turn are conditioned to a significant extent by how political and economic opportunity is shared in power-sharing agreements, the impact of power sharing on possibilities for socioeconomic rights realization has attracted little attention in the TJ literature. This is regrettable as economic power sharing tends to monopolize the resources needed for redistributive or welfarist policies that would underpin a ‘respect, protect, fulfil’ framework of state obligations to reduce vulnerabilities associated with conflict-related poverty, violence and displacement. Furthermore, political power sharing often consolidates a political culture characterized by sclerotic policy formulation and ineffective governance, promotes unresponsive and exclusionary rule and further embeds or modifies preexisting patterns of patrimonial rule.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: power sharing,, postconflic, Socioeconomic rights, peace agreements, economic justice
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 06:30
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 12:09
DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/ijx004
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3006679