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Title:Violence, displacement and democracy in post-conflict societies: evidence from Mali
Author:Bratton, MichaelISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:political conflicts
political violence
displaced persons
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2016.1269880
Abstract:This article examines the political crisis in Mali, 2012-2013, to test the impact of violent conflict on public attitudes to democracy. In post-conflict situations, democracy building depends on interim steps to restore trust among citizens and to address national reconciliation and transitional justice. According to the results of a custom-designed opinion survey, recent experiences of violence and displacement in Mali have undermined both interpersonal and interethnic trust as well as public confidence that elected governments can resolve national conflicts. While internal displacement is frequently accompanied by violence against property, violence against persons increases popular demand for a retributive brand of transitional justice. Nonetheless, the Malian experience suggests that citizens in post-conflict societies - including those displaced from their homes - still yearn to live in a peaceful and unified country and have not abandoned a widespread preference for democracy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum [Journal abstract]