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Melissa S. Williams, Rosemary Nagy, and Jon Elster

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794661

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794661.001.0001

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Justice, Truth, Peace

Justice, Truth, Peace

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Transitional Justice

Jon Elster

NYU Press

This chapter examines the aims of achieving justice, truth, and peace in transitions from one political state to another. Although the bulk of the literature on transitions concerns transitions to democracy after an authoritarian or totalitarian regime, there is an emergent understanding that questions of justice also arise in the transition to peace. This transition to peace involves stabilizing measures of various kinds to prevent the reemergence of conflict. The chapter also addresses relations between different forms of justice, specifically between distributive and transitional justice. Given the need for both transitional and distributive justice (such as the equal distribution of land) governments face the problem of allocating scarce resources. Thus, they must decide whether to give priority to compensating victims of the conflict itself or to improving the situation of the landless poor in general.

Keywords:   democracy, authoritarian regime, totalitarian regime, distributive justice, transitional justice, truth, peace

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