By Johanna Söderström

ISBN-10: 1138791482

ISBN-13: 9781138791480

The publication examines how ex-combatants in post-war and peacebuilding settings have interaction in politics, as noticeable when it comes to Liberia.

The political mobilization of former fighters after warfare is frequently perceived as a chance, eventually undermining the safety and balance of the kingdom. This e-book questions this simplified view and argues that realizing the political voice of former warring parties is important. Their post-war function isn't black and white; they aren't simply bad or good electorate, yet fairly interact in a number of political roles: spoilers, sufferers, disengaged, beneficiaries, in addition to prompted and energetic electorate.

By taking a look at the political attitudes and values of former opponents, and their realizing of the way politics capabilities, the ebook sheds new gentle at the political reintegration of ex-combatants. It argues that political reintegration has to be given severe recognition on the micro-level, but additionally should be scrutinized in methods: first, throughout the point of political involvement, which displays the level and width of the ex-combatants’ voice. moment, which will make experience of political reintegration, we additionally have to discover what values and norms tell their political involvement. The content material in their political voice is captured via a comparability with democratic beliefs. according to interviews with over a hundred Liberian ex-combatants, the booklet highlights that their courting with politics total will be characterised as an expression of a 'politics of affection'.

This e-book should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of peacebuilding, African politics, democratization, political sociology, clash solution and IR/Security reports in general.

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