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Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict

Waldorf, Lars (2019) 'Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict.' Journal of Development Studies, 55 (3). 437 - 455. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and, if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities. Nevertheless, there are risks that legal empowerment might contribute to a strengthening of group identities, reduction of social cohesion, and, in the worst case, triggering of conflict. It looks at how two legal empowerment programmes in Liberia navigated the tensions between equity and peace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal empowerment, horizontal inequalities, Liberia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 12:09
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25861

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