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Democratic levers: an introduction’

Reilly, B. (1998) Democratic levers: an introduction’. In: Harris, P. and Reilly, B., (eds.) Democracy and deep-rooted conflict: options for negotiators. International IDEA, Stockholm. Sweden, pp. 133-342.

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This chapter addresses the need to inform domestic political actors about the options available to them in terms of democratic institutions. It outlines the way in which basic institutions and policies can be purposely designed to maximize the prospects of democracy taking root in post-conflict societies. It also aims to draw these issues to the attention of interested external actors in the international community, who may be charged with the responsibility of crafting a settlement or supervising a period of state reconstruction. The following constitutional and policy levers are discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of various options analysed.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: International IDEA
Copyright: © International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, (International IDEA)1998
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