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New publication by Gerhard Anders

New special issue of Development & Change now online

'Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa' examines a series of cases where peaceful ‘new beginnings’ have been declared after periods of violence and where transitional justice institutions played a role in defining justice and the new socio-political order. It focuses on three issues that are key to understand ‘new beginnings’: the problem of finding a foundation for that which explicitly breaks with the past; the discrepancies between lofty promises and the messy realities of transitional justice in action; and the dialectic between logics of the exception and the ordinary, employed to legitimize or resist transitional justice mechanisms.



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