Political settlements at the EISA conference
At the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, organised by the European International Studies Association (EISA), DLP Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal presented a DLP paper in progress which will be published this autumn. Her State of the Art (SOTA) paper on political settlements builds on a paper written by her for DfID in June 2015, Inclusive Political Settlements: Evidence, Gaps, and Challenges of Institutional Transformation.
Alina’s analysis of available research finds that more inclusive political settlements at the elite level are crucial to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict, and to lay the foundations for more peaceful political processes. The literature suggests that states and societies underpinned by more open and inclusive institutions are also more resilient in the long term and better at promoting sustained and broadly shared prosperity. However, Alina argues that there is a big gap between these two findings and that we still know little about how a political settlement with a narrower focus on elite inclusion can be transformed into a more broadly inclusive political order.
Her presentation was part of a panel discussion on the final day of the conference, Saturday 26 September, which considered the question of Critical Citizenship and Local Resistance in Post-Conflict Societies. The panel was convened by Nicolas Lemay-Hebért of the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, and the discussant was Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester.