Reparations in democratic transitions

Res Publica 12 (2):115-136 (2006)

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This article proposes a normative theory of reparations for political violence from the standpoint of contemporary critical theory debates on recognition and redistribution. I argue that any satisfactory reparations theory should aspire to ‘status parity’, a term coined by Nancy Fraser, and should include symbolic and material components for both individuals and groups. The essay argues that reparations can promote a number of worthy goals, including the reaffirmation of moral respect and dignity of victims.
Keywords reconciliation  reparations  respect  status parity
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-006-0005-5
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