Quality peace in post-civil war settings: The role of local institutions

Jenny Guardado, Leonard Wantchekon, Sarah Weltman

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How to achieve quality peace in post-civil war settings? In this chapter, we argue that the promotion of local-level institutions can significantly improve the success rate of peace agreements1 in countries previously ravaged by civil war. By engaging actors at the local level, it is possible to reduce violence in the short term (sustainable peace) but also achieve the more substantive goal of giving local actors a stake in the construction of peace. Reducing violence via the promotion of local-level institutions channeling political conflict is what we call quality peace. Quality peace is a crucial goal considering the large number of countries that have experienced internal armed conflict in the post-World War II era.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Quality Peace
Subtitle of host publicationPeacebuilding after Civil War
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351391573
ISBN (Print)9781138307674
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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