Conceptualising Formalised Political Unsettlement

  • Jan PospisilEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


One of the reasons behind peacebuilding’s state of affirmation is the failure to deliver on its goal of supporting the negotiation and implementation of an inclusive political settlement. Instead, the most likely outcome of peace processes is a situation of formalised political unsettlement, which is produced by the institutionalisation of radical political disagreement. Despite often being able to tame violence, formalised political unsettlement is a difficult, tough-to-love constellation that enshrines the contestation about a polity. Yet, formalised political unsettlement can also be seen as an opportunity for pragmatic transitions. Its institutional fluidity, its unsettled character and the inability of the conflict parties to win their default positions offers opportunities for engaging in transitional processes.


Political settlements Formalised political unsettlement Resilience Inclusion War-to-peace transitions Peace processes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ASPR—Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict ResolutionViennaAustria

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