Center-right parties in peace processes: 'Slow Learning' or punctuated peace socialization?

Sandal, Nukhet A. and Loizides, Neophytos G. (2013) Center-right parties in peace processes: 'Slow Learning' or punctuated peace socialization? Political Studies, 61 (2). pp. 401-421. ISSN 1467-9248. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00971.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines why center-right parties that have partly built their image around ethnic or religious identities reverse their positions to support peace arrangements. Political settlements in divided societies frequently run counter to the values of these parties and are also potentially damaging to their internal party cohesion. We argue that political learning through sustained interaction with external pro-peace allies transforms the positions of center-right parties by socializing them when it comes to their international agenda, yet the same effect is not observed in party actions within the sphere of domestic intra-communal politics. Drawing from the Cypriot and Northern Irish peace processes, we show that once these parties embrace peace agreements, they do so by balancing international and local considerations, choosing to compensate domestic constituencies on symbolic issues of less importance for the peace process yet of major significance to conservative constituencies. The study of center-right and conservative peace actors has important implications for research on mediation and international conflict since it suggests mechanisms through which policy makers can better engage with ethnic or religious parties in fragile peace processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: peace processes; nationalism; center-right; conservative; political parties
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2013 23:45 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 11:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36765 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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