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How and when amnesty during conflict affects conflict termination

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dc.contributor.author Daniels, Lesley-Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-01T09:43:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-01T09:43:09Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Daniels LA. How and when amnesty during conflict affects conflict termination. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 2020 Oct;64(9):1612-37. DOI: 10.1177/0022002720909884
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0027
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/44139
dc.description.abstract In the difficult process of ending civil wars, granting amnesty during conflict is seen as a useful option, with an underpinning assumption that trading justice for peace is effective. However, is the case? This article tries to bring some clarity to when and how amnesty given during conflict has an impact. Amnesty should have different effects on diverse conflict endings: negotiated settlement, rebel victory, government victory or conflict reduction. The article also disaggregates amnesties to test direct impacts as an incentive or through reducing the commitment problem, and indirect effects that give military advantage to the government. Using a cross-national dataset of amnesties in dyadic conflicts from 1975 to 2011, the research finds that amnesty’s strongest effect is, surprisingly, not as an incentive but rather to reduce commitment problems. It can lead to negotiated settlements but also government military advantage. The results have implications for negotiations and conflict resolution.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Conflict Resolution. 2020 Oct;64(9):1612-37
dc.rights Daniels Lesley-Ann, How and when amnesty during conflict affects conflict termination, Journal of Conflict Resolution. Copyright © 2020 SAGE Pulications. DOI: 10.1177/0022002720909884
dc.title How and when amnesty during conflict affects conflict termination
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022002720909884
dc.subject.keyword Civil war
dc.subject.keyword Amnesty
dc.subject.keyword Conflict termination
dc.subject.keyword Bargaining
dc.subject.keyword Transitional justice
dc.subject.keyword Commitment problems
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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