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Retribution and Reparation in the Transition to Democracy

Retribution and Reparation in the Transition to Democracy


Jon Elster, Tyler Cowen, David Cohen, Henry Rousso, Istvan Deák, Hans Fredrik Dahl, Luc Huyse, Aviezer Tucker, Carlos H. Acuña, Claus Offe, Ulrike Poppe, Alex Boraine
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829731

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  • The contributions in this volume offer a comprehensive analysis of transitional justice from 1945 to the present. They focus on retribution against the leaders and agents of the autocratic regime preceding the democratic transition, and on reparation to its victims. Part I contains general theoretical discussions of retribution and reparation. The essays in Part II survey transitional justice in the wake of World War II, covering Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Norway. In Part III, the contributors discuss more recent transitions in Argentina, Chile, Eastern Europe, the former German Democratic Republic, and South Africa, including a chapter on the reparation of injustice in some of these transitions. The editor provides a general introduction, brief introductions to each part, and a conclusion that looks beyond regime transitions to broader issues of rectifying historical injustice.

    • The most comprehensive survey of transitional justice available
    • It covers both reparation to victims and retribution against wrongdoers
    • Includes general theoretical discussion as well as numerous case studies
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829731
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Jon Elster
    Part I. General Issues:
    2. Restitution: how far back should we go? Tyler Cowen
    3. Retribution Jon Elster
    Part II. Germany and German-Occupied Countries after 1945:
    4. Transitional justice in divided Germany after 1945 David Cohen
    5. Purges in France after the Liberation Henry Rousso
    6. Political justice in Austria and Hungary after World War II Istvan Deák
    7. Dealing with the past in Scandinavia Hans Fredrik Dahl
    8. Belgian and Dutch purges after World War II compared Luc Huyse
    Part III. Latin America, Post-Communism, and South Africa:
    9. Paranoids may be persecuted: post-totalitarian retroactive justice Aviezer Tucker
    10. Transitional justice in Argentina and Chile: a never ending story? Carlos H. Acuña
    11. Transitional justice in the German Democratic Republic and in Unified Germany Claus Offe and Ulrike Poppe
    12. Rough justice: rectification in post-authoritarian and post-totalitarian regimes Aviezer Tucker
    13. Accountability and the South African experience Alex Boraine
    14. Conclusion.

  • Editor

    Jon Elster, Columbia University, New York
    Jon Elster is Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Science in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He has also taught in Paris, Oslo, and Chicago. His publications include Ulysses and the Sirens, Sour Grapes, Making Sense of Marx, The Cement of Society, Solomonic Judgements, Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences, Local Justice, Political Psychology, Strong Feelings, Alchemies of the Mind, and Ulysses Unbound. His research interests include the theory of rational choice, the theory of distributive justice, and the history of social thought.


    Jon Elster, Tyler Cowen, David Cohen, Henry Rousso, Istvan Deák, Hans Fredrik Dahl, Luc Huyse, Aviezer Tucker, Carlos H. Acuña, Claus Offe, Ulrike Poppe, Alex Boraine

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