Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transitional Justice and Civil Society: The Importance of Historicity and International Donors in Côte d'Ivoire
by Davis, Justine M., M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2012, 78; 10305810
Abstract (Summary)

Transitional justice, a field that focuses on the effort of new governments to deal with past abuses, emphasizes the role that civil society should have in the implementation of transitional processes, such as truth and reconciliation commissions. However, the literature does not adequately discuss the impact that organizations' relationships with former regimes or their dependence on international funding can have on their perceived legitimacy in society. By looking at civil society organizations and the Commission Dialogue Vérité et Réconciliation (CDVR) in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire, this thesis draws light on these factors and asserts that the literature should be conscientious of the historicity of civil society in specific contexts as well as the relationship that civil society has with international donors. Expanding on Backer’s (2003) analytical framework concerning civil society and transitional justice, this thesis asserts that Ivoirian civil society’s perception as partisan and it’s over-reliance on international funding impacts its relationship with the CDVR and reconciliation in general. Contributing to the critical discussion on civil society's role in transitions to democracy and international donor support for this process, the author encourages international donors and transitional justice theorists to be wary of putting too much emphasis on promoting civil society in general and should instead focus on the activities and actual function of civil society organizations vis-à-vis their communities in societal attempts at reconciliation.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Civil, Cote, Donors, Historicity, International, Justice, Society, Transitional
Publication Number: 10305810
ISBN: 978-1-369-49374-0
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