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The Politics of Memory and Democratization

Alexandra Barahona De Brito, Carmen Gonzalez Enriquez, and Paloma Aguilar


The book explores how new democracies face an authoritarian past and past human rights violations, and the way in which policies of truth and justice shape the process of democratization. Eighteen countries in Central and South America, Central, Eastern and South Europe and South Africa are analysed in detail. The main variables affecting the implementation of truth and justice policies (purges, truth commissions and trials, among other policies) are: the balance between old and new regime forces; the availability of institutional, human and financial resources, the nature of the ideological p ... More

Keywords: assassination, Central America, Central Europe, democracy, democratization, democratizing societies, dictatorship, disappearances, Eastern Europe, human rights, justice policies, new democracies, punishment, purges, repression, South Africa, South America, South Europe, torture, transitional justice, trials, truth and justice policies, truth commissions, truth telling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Barahona De Brito, editor
Princeton University

Carmen Gonzalez Enriquez, editor
Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)

Paloma Aguilar, editor
Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (Madrid, Spain)
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