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A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence, and Development$
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Patricia Justino, Tilman Brück, and Philip Verwimp

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664597.001.0001

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EU, Conflict Transformation, and Civil Society: Promoting Peace from the Bottom Up?

EU, Conflict Transformation, and Civil Society: Promoting Peace from the Bottom Up?

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(p.269) 13 EU, Conflict Transformation, and Civil Society: Promoting Peace from the Bottom Up?
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A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence, and Development
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Nathalie Tocci

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664597.003.0013

The European Union considers conflict resolution as a cardinal objective of its foreign policy. It uses a number of policy instruments to promote this objective, some of which affect conflict conditions and incentives at the micro level. Specifically, the EU has recognized the importance of engaging with civil society in situations of violent conflict, but needs to engage more with local civil society to make its policies more effective. This chapter provides an analytical framework to assess whether and how local civil society actors play a role in conflict and conflict resolution and explores how the EU might influence conflicts through its engagement with civil society by setting out three broad and possibly overlapping hypotheses: the liberal peace paradigm, the Gramscian critique, and the disembedded civil society critique.

Keywords:   European Union, local civil society, conflict transformation, dialogue, training, funding

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