New PDF release: Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical

By Jon Elster

An research of transitional justice - retribution and reparation after a metamorphosis of political regime - from Athens within the 5th century BC to the current. half I, 'The Universe of Transitional Justice', describes greater than thirty transitions, a few of them in significant element, others extra succinctly. half II, 'The Analytics of Transitional Justice', proposes a framework for explaining the differences one of the instances - why after a few transitions wrongdoers from the former regime are punished seriously and in different circumstances mildly or by no means, and sufferers occasionally compensated generously and infrequently poorly or under no circumstances. After surveying a large diversity of justifications and excuses for wrongdoings and standards for choosing and indemnifying sufferers, the 2004 e-book concludes with a dialogue of 3 common explanatory components: monetary and political constraints, the retributive feelings, and the play of social gathering politics.

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