Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (Accord 25)

Publication date: 
Apr 2014
Conciliation Resources

Legitimacy matters for peace. It is the basis of the social and political deals between states and citizens, and local leaders and their communities. Legitimacy transforms coercive power into political authority and is the bedrock of peaceful societies. Recognising that legitimacy is context-specific stresses domestic ownership of a peace process, so that it responds to local realities and priorities. By acknowledging that legitimacy is disputed, peacebuilders can support processes that accommodate diverse and divergent interests. 

Accord 25 focuses on legitimacy and the practical ways that it can contribute to building more sustainable peace. It looks at 15 country case studies at various stages of conflict, including the Philippines, Syria, Afghanistan, the Basque Country, Somaliland, Yemen and Burma. 

*NEW* Legitimacy and Peace Processes is now available as an ebook. Download it here.


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