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Developing and Implementing Public Policy in Transition

Utilising a unique partnership between INCORE and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), this study focused on the development and implementation of policy in countries in transition. It concentrated on factors in the negotiated transitions in Northern Ireland and South Africa that have influenced policy development and implementation, e.g. the reliance on the old civil service, the role of civil groups, skills of politicians. It examined the management of expectations and explored how post-agreement problems might be anticipated when peace accords are being drafted. A number of key policy initiatives were explored. In South Africa this included the national crime prevention strategy, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and community policing. The Northern Ireland focus was on the Victims Commission, Policing and the Civic Forum. The reasons for policy successes (and failures) were gathered through in-depth interviews with up to 50 key stakeholders. A number of publications on comparative lessons, best practice and problems to anticipate in societies in transition were be produced. Educational workshops in South Africa and Northern Ireland with public policy makers were also held. Brandon Hamber, as an associate of the CSVR, is the CSVR team leader for the project.

Project Website (External Link)

Lesson Drawing: Northern Ireland & South Africa by H. Brocklehurst, N. Stott, B. Hamber, & G. Robinson, 2001
Future Challenges to Policy-Making in Countries in Transition by G. Simpson, B. Hamber & N. Stott, N., 2001

Developing and Implementing Public Policy Website
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE)

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