The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.
Chapter 27: Transitional Justice
Over the last three decades, close to eighty countries have experienced democratization and, in turn, the related challenges of dealing with previous authoritarian rulers and their crimes. In the face of this growing universe of cases, ‘transitional justice’ has rapidly grown from a minor area of investigation into a massive inter-disciplinary field1 of study, full of promising avenues for academic research and practical experimentation. At the same time, the discipline of transitional justice is still in its adolescence – that is, eager to grow up, yet insecure about its core identity. And while most scholars and activists in the field concur that unresolved problems of transitional justice have a lasting impact on new democracies (Teitel, 2000: 9) significant disagreement remains on key ...