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Legal empowerment and horizontal inequalities after conflict

Lars Waldorf

No wp-2017-50, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities but that there are risks of strengthening group identities, reducing social cohesion, and, in the worst case, triggering conflict. It uses a case study to examine how two legal empowerment programmes in Liberia navigated this tension between equity and peace.

Keywords: Horizontal inequality; Legal empowerment; Peacebuilding; Post-conflict; Social cohesion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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