Truth Commission Legitimacy
This chapter lays out the theoretical framework of the project. Truth commissions are examined to identify key characteristics that foster legitimacy and increase the likelihood that truth commissions improve the societies in which they exist. I argue that authority demonstrated by a strong mandate, a break with the past signaled by a new regime, and transparency via public hearings and published reports are the key characteristics associated with improvements in respect for human rights and decreases in violence.
KeywordsTruth commissions Legitimacy Reconciliation Authority Transparency
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