Referendums in Peace Processes

Loizides, Neophytos G. (2009) Referendums in Peace Processes. Queen's University Belfast Online. Located at: Queen's University Belfast. (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

To what extent are referendums useful in resolving intractable conflict and bringing peace? If Israelis and Palestinians or Sinhalese and Tamils reach a peace settlement in their decades-old conflicts, would a referendum be useful in ratifying a negotiated agreement and, if so, how should it be designed, monitored and implemented? To better understand these questions, this project proposes the first worldwide collection of data on referendums in peace processes aiming to identify the conditions under which referendums enable or impede negotiated agreements. Currently the project's website includes a pilot description of seven major case studies aiming to help guide future data collection on the topic. The project’s website will expand to allow users to identify a country of interest and access detailed narratives on the background of each conflict and the conditions leading to referendums or alternative ratification processes (or their absence). It will include data on the design, scope and timing of each referendum, the wording of specific referendum question(s) and data on violence including levels, nature and duration of violent incidents before and after (non)referendums. It will also cover important disputes over territorial boundaries, issues of transitional justice (e.g. amnesty for rebels) and eligibility to vote for certain groups (e.g. recent settlers/migrants). Moreover, the dataset will provide detailed analysis of key actors in referendum campaigns and their main arguments as well as positive or negative media and civil society input and final outcomes along with links to relevant surveys.

Item Type: Datasets / databases
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 11:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 11:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37079 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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