This is one part of a two-part preliminary study. It focuses on
political settlements that follow violence or episodes or imminent
threatened violence, to provide an exegesis of the argument that
'inclusive enough' settlements matter to stability and thus
development in fragile states. It is designed to help establish a
research agenda that could test and refine that proposition.
The accompanying study is designed to excavate, through interviews with
development field staff, perspectives and story lines on how it is that
donors can influence the degree of inclusiveness of political
settlements. This is an interim step to a longer-term, more
comprehensive study to assess the causal relationship between donor
programming and political settlements. The purpose of this initial study
is to narrow the field of inquiry by providing 'theories of change'
that can then be tested.
Jones, B.; Elgin-Cossart, M.; Esberg, J. Pathways out of fragility. The Case for a Research Agenda on Inclusive Political Settlements in Fragile States. Center on International Cooperation, New York University (CIC), New York, UK (2012) 24 pp.
Pathways out of fragility. The Case for a Research Agenda on Inclusive Political Settlements in Fragile States