Distributive justice and the durability of peace agreements

Druckman, Daniel and Albin, Cecilia (2010) Distributive justice and the durability of peace agreements. Review of International Studies, 37 (3). pp. 1137-1168. ISSN 0260-2105

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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between principles of distributive justice (DJ) and the durability of negotiated agreements. Sixteen peace agreements negotiated during the early 1990s were coded for the centrality of each of four principles of DJ – equality, proportionality, compensation, and need – to the core terms of the agreement. The agreements were also assessed on scales of implementation and durability over a five-year period. Another variable included in the analysis was the difficulty of the conflict environment. These data were used to evaluate three sets of hypotheses: the relationship between DJ and durability, the role of the conflict environment, and types of DJ principles. The results obtained from both statistical and focused-comparison analyses indicate that DJ moderates the relationship between conflict environments and outcomes: when principles of justice are central to an agreement, the negative effects of difficult conflict environments are reduced; when principles are not central, the negative effects of difficulty are heightened. These relationships are accounted for primarily by one of the four DJ principles – equality. Implications of these findings are discussed along with a number of ideas for further research.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposite din accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Published online: 13 Jul 2010.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 02:38
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: negotiations; agreements; conflict; war; justice
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1017/S0260210510000549
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19046

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