The Politics of Memory: Transitional Justice in Democratizing Societies

Alexandra Barahona De Brito, Carmen Gonzalez Enriquez, Paloma Aguilar
OUP Oxford, 5 apr. 2001 - 440 sidor
One of the most important political and ethical questions faced during a political transition from authoritarian or totalitarian to democratic rule is how to deal with legacies of repression. Indeed, some of the most fundamental questions regarding law, morality and politics are raised at such times, as societies look back to understand how they lost their moral and political compass, failing to contain violence and promote the values of tolerance and peace. The Politics of Memory sheds light on this important aspect of transitional politics, assessing how Portugal, Spain, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Germany after reunification, Russia, the Southern Cone of Latin America and Central America, as well as South Africa, have confronted legacies of repression. The book examines the presence - or absence - of three types of official efforts to come to terms with the past: truth commissions, trials and amnesties, and purges. In addition, it looks at unofficial initiatives emerging from within society, usually involving human rights organisations (HROs), churches or political parties. Where relevant, it also examines the 'politics of memory,' whereby societies re-work the past in an effort to come to terms with it, both during the transitions and long after official transitional policies have been implemented or forgotten. The book also assesses the significance of forms of reckoning with the past for a process of democratization or democratic deepening. It also focuses on the role of international actors in such processes, as external players are becoming increasingly influential in shaping national policy where human rights are concerned.

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1 The Role of International Actors in National Accountability Processes
The Portuguese Case
3 Justice Politics and Memory in the Spanish Transition
4 Truth Justice Memory and Democratization in the Southern Cone
5 War Peace and Memory Politics in Central America
6 Justice and Legitimacy in the South African Transition
7 Decommunization and Political Justice in Central and Eastern Europe
Incorporation Tainted Truth and the Double Division
The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Recreation of Russia
10 Conclusions Carmen GonzálezEnríquez Paloma Aguilar Alexandra Barahona de Brito
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