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Truth Commission Legitimacy and Violence in Africa

  • Angela D. Nichols
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Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)

Abstract

In an attempt to gain a more nuanced understanding of truth commission impact on violence within a society, I devote Chap.  5 to testing the argued relationships using the SCAD—information on protests, riots, strikes, and other similar social disturbances in Africa between 1990 and 2011. I find that the authority awarded to a truth commission by its mandate decreases the total number of SCAD events that occur in a particular country by about 11%. Additionally, public hearings perform counter to my expectations. Based on my statistical analysis, public hearings (transparency) increase violence by a little less than 6% compared to truth commission countries that do not hold public hearings. This chapter further discusses these and other results in greater depth.

Keywords

Truth commission Africa Legitimacy Political violence Social conflict 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela D. Nichols
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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