Transitional Justice in Established Democracies: A Political Theory

Hardcover | March 26, 2014

byStephen Winter

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Truth commissions, official apologies and reparations are just some of the transitional justice mechanisms embraced by established democracies. This groundbreaking work of political theory explains how these forms of state redress repair the damage state wrongdoing inflicts upon political legitimacy. Richly illustrated with real-life examples, the book's 'legitimating theory' explains the connections, and the conflicts, between the transitional practice of administrative, corrective and restorative justice. The book shows how political responses to state wrongdoing are part of a larger transitional history of the post-War 'rights revolution' in the settler democracies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The result is an incisive theoretical exploration that not only explains the rectificatory work of established democracies but also provides new ways to think about the broader field of transitional justice.

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Truth commissions, official apologies and reparations are just some of the transitional justice mechanisms embraced by established democracies. This groundbreaking work of political theory explains how these forms of state redress repair the damage state wrongdoing inflicts upon political legitimacy. Richly illustrated with real-life e...

Dr Stephen Winter is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.6 × 5.6 × 1 inPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285236

ISBN - 13:9780230285231

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Table of Contents

1.Introducing State Redress
2.Towards a Political Theory
3.Transitions and Legitimate Regimes
4.The Old Order
5.The Problems of Authorised Wrongdoing
6.Transitional Justice
7.Administrative Justice and Canada's Hong Kong Veterans
8.Corrective Justice and Japanese Americans
9.Restorative Justice and Australian Careleavers
10. Conclusion