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17 July 2015

Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa

CCAPS is pleased to announce that the research of its Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) project has recently been published as a book by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, edited by Alan J. Kuperman. The book explores the types of domestic political institutions that can buffer societies from destabilizing changes that otherwise increase the risk of political violence, up to and including genocide. It presents seven new case studies and the first ever database of constitutional design in all African countries.

The book concludes that traditional international efforts to promote constitutional reform in Africa may backfire by increasing the risk of instability, and so instead offers alternative recommendations to foster democracy while reducing civil conflict.

Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design is available here.

On October 16, 2015, CCAPS hosted the Symposium on Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa. Panelists included Nicholas Cheeseman, Christof Hartmann, Alan Kuperman, Christina Murray, Marina Ottaway, and Joseph Siegle.

For more information about the CDCM project, please visit www.strausscenter.org/ccaps/research/about-constitutional-design.html

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