International Political Theory

Transitional Justice in Established Democracies

A Political Theory

Authors: Winter, S.

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Truth commissions, apologies, and reparations are just some of the transitional justice mechanisms embraced by established democracies. This groundbreaking exploration of political theory explains how these forms of state redress repair the damage state wrongdoing inflicts upon political legitimacy.

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Stephen Winter brings together transitional, redress, and liberal political theory in an illuminating approach to understanding state redress as a specifically political project of normative legitimation. This smartly written and incisively argued book sets a new bar for transitional, reparative, and historical justice theory. It is a tour de force of synoptic analysis and close consideration of specific cases of official redress in stable democracies.

Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, Philosophy Department, Marquette University, USA

This remarkable book draws together theories of transitional justice, legitimacy and political authority to explain why redress for historical injustices in Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand counts as transitional justice. Winter combines a description of how these states have dealt with historical injustices with a persuasive account of why wrongs of states require redress.

Janna Thompson, Faculty of Humainities and Social Sciences, Latrobe University, Australia

'Tightly argued and thoroughly provocative, Winter's study develops a rigorous descriptive theory that forces readers to reconsider the meaning and function of state redress. In so doing, his book brings clarity to a subject whose study is still muddled by emotional arguments and shaky a priori assertions [...] It challenges the orthodoxies of transitional justice scholarship, calls into question some of its principal intellectual categories, and, ultimately, expands the boundaries in which transitional justice scholars and practitioners can think and work.' - Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transitional Justice in Established Democracies
Book Subtitle
A Political Theory
Authors
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31619-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137316196
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28523-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 310
Topics