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In the context of statebuilding and peacebuilding, Catherine Barnes of Conciliation Resources examines changes in 'the political settlement' in war-to-peace transitions.

The paper was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development and the first part explores concepts such as statebuilding, political settlement, social contract and also conflict and state transformation and peacemaking and peace agreements.

The second part looks at the limits of externally imposed settlements, more inclusive peace negotiations and fostering effective peacemaking. 

The study uses diagrams and tables and also contains a list of policy implications.