The Missing Link: bridging between social movement theory and conflict resolution
2008 (English)Report (Refereed)
This paper explores what benefits the theoretical development, operationalisation andimplementation of conflict resolution can get from bridging with social movement theory.Four different social movement theories are included: the political process, resourcemobilisation, collective behaviour- and the new social movement approach. For conflictresolution Peter Wallensteen’s theoretical approach is used. The analysis is limited to thepost-Cold War period and intrastate conflicts (civil wars and state formation conflicts). Thiscovers 95% of all post-Cold War conflicts. Four questions are asked and answered: 1. Whatdoes the link between social movement theory and conflict resolution look like?; 2. How cansocial movement theory benefit the development of conflict resolution theory?; 3. How cansocial movement theory benefit the operationalisation of conflict resolution theory?; 4. Howcan social movement theory and social movements be beneficial for the implementation ofconflict resolution theory (i.e. conflict resolution)? The theoretical findings are tested on onecase study (East Timor). The theoretical analysis shows that there exist a link between socialmovement theory and conflict resolution on all levels. The case study confirms the theoreticalfindings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Coventry: Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalisation, University of Warwick , 2008.
, GARNET Working Paper, 60/08
conflict resolution, conflict management, social movement theory, social movements, East Timor, conflict theory, intrastate conflict, intra-state conflict, civil war, state formation conflict
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Krigsvetenskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5167DiVA: diva2:780143