'Somehow this whole process became so artificial': Exploring the transitional justice implementation gap in Uganda

Macdonald, Anna (2019) 'Somehow this whole process became so artificial': Exploring the transitional justice implementation gap in Uganda. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 13 (2). 225–248. ISSN 1752-7716

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Abstract

This article explores a key challenge in contemporary international efforts to promote transitional justice (TJ) in nontransitioning, conflict-affected states: the ‘implementation gap,’ in which policies are designed and funded but neither enacted nor implemented. Findings based on long-term qualitative fieldwork in Uganda indicate the implementation gap is co-constituted by technocratic donor approaches and domestic elite political maneuvering in a semi-authoritarian regime. The interaction between the two produces two forms of political artifice: ‘isomorphic mimicry’ and calculated stasis, which stall the emergence of substantive TJ reform. Findings are relevant to the wide range of nontransitioning contexts where TJ is promoted by international donors and have important implications for its claimed potential to catalyze or restore civic trust in political systems in the aftermath of massive human rights violations.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 23:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70436
DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/ijz011

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