The People's Peace? Peace Agreements, Civil Society, and Participatory Democracy

Christine Bell, Catherine O'Rourke

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This article, drawing on an extensive collection of peace agreements dating from 1990 until the present day, analyzes peace agreement provisions for civil society involvement and considers the extent to which peace agreements proffer new models of participatory democracy. We begin with some background and a short overview of political theory on participatory democracy, identifying key dilemmas. The body of the article sets out a comprehensive analysis of peace agreement provisions for civil society, indicating how peace agreements negotiate the dilemmas identified in theory. We then evaluate this negotiation in the context of post-agreement implementation difficulties. In conclusion, we discuss the implications for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-324
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2007


  • Transitional Justice
  • Civil Society
  • Constitutional law
  • Democratic Institutions
  • peace agreements
  • peace and conflict
  • political participation


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