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Building trust and democracy, transitional justice in post-communist countries, Cynthia M. Horne

Building trust and democracy, transitional justice in post-communist countries, Cynthia M. Horne
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-338) and index
Main title
Building trust and democracy
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Cynthia M. Horne
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Oxford studies in democratization
Sub title
transitional justice in post-communist countries
This volume explores the effects of transitional justice measures on trust-building and democratization across twelve countries in Central and Eastern Europe and parts of the Former Soviet Union over the period 1989-2012. The author argues that transitional justice measures have a differentiated impact on political and social trust building, supporting some aspects of political trust and undermining other aspects of social trust. Moreover, the structure, scope, timing, and implementation of transitional justice measures condition outcomes. More expansive and compulsory institutional change mechanisms register the largest effects, with limited and voluntary change mechanisms having a diminished effect, and more informal and largely symbolic measures having the most attenuated effect. These differentiated and conditional effects are also evident with respect to transition goals like supporting democratic consolidation and reducing corruption, since these goals respond differently to the mixtures of institutional and symbolic reforms found in transitional justice programs
Table Of Contents
Trust and Transitional Justice -- Classifying Countries Within the Transitional Justice Typology -- Building Trust in Public Institutions -- Trust in Government and Government Effectiveness -- Collaboration, Complicity, and Historical Memory -- Lustration, Public Disclosures, and Social Trust -- Transitional Justice in Support of Democratization -- Conclusion: Evaluating Post-Communist Transitional Justice
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