Navigating inclusion in transitions from conflict: The formalised political unsettlement

Christine Bell, Jan Pospisil

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The project of ensuring that political settlements are inclusive is key to attempts to navigate transitions from conflict over the last quarter of a century or so. Examining such transitions, we point to the emergence of the ‘formalised political unsettlement’ as a persistent outcome. The formalised political unsettlement translates the disagreement at the heart of the conflict into a set of political and legal institutions for continuing negotiation. As the conditions of its emergence are unlikely to change and the formalised political unsettlement may be here to stay, we point to the opportunities for navigating between elite inclusion and broader societal inclusion that it offers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-593
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • political settlements
  • inclusion
  • conflict resolution
  • peace agreements
  • peacebuilding


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