Building and maintaining trust in Commonwealth states after conflict
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Call for Papers
‘Building and maintaining trust in Commonwealth states after conflict’
Special issue of The Round Table: The Commonwealth journal of international affairs
A Taylor & Francis journal
Guest Editors: Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan (University of Ulster) and Dr Roger Mac Ginty (University of York)
If one surveys the contemporary or historical situation of many Commonwealth states, then issues of trust are often to the fore. The presence or absence of trust is often a defining feature in a society, especially in the wake of violent conflict. Political, militant, economic and community actors may work to reinforce or undermine intra- and inter-group trust with far-reaching results. A post-peace accord political dispensation may depend on the building of trust between previously conflicting groups. The bonds between citizens and the state, citizens and the political actors, and citizens and the market may depend on the actual performance of actors, institutions and the new regime in place. Equally, these bonds of trust may simply depend on the ‘intuition’ of the citizen.
Complicating matters is the fact that trust may be conceptualised and constructed very differently in different societies. While western societies may place their faith in rational-legalistic rubrics, non-western societies may conceptualise trust very differently (perhaps through indigenous and traditional mechanisms). Although it is likely that all contributions to the special issue will concentrate on a particular case study, all submissions will be required to consider what trust means (how is it built, perceived/measured, fractured?) in that particular context. As a result, the special issue will help in the development of a conceptual literature on the meaning of trust across contexts. The introductory essay by the special issue editors will attempt to bring together the conceptual lessons and examine if a concept as nebulous and ephemeral as trust has any intrinsic meaning and has any universal qualities.
The following indicative list of issues illustrates the currency of building and maintaining trust in contemporary Commonwealth States:
• Cyprus: Can the various parties trust the UN or another third party to broker a negotiated settlement?
• Kenya: Are citizens able to trust electoral politics after it triggered significant violence early in 2008?
• Nigeria: Issues of trust lie at the heart of resource-sharing in the Niger Delta.
• Solomon Islands: How does trust operate in the relationship between international monitors and local political actors?
• Sri Lanka: Can either side transcend the security dilemma in order to embark on a peace process following the collapse of the 2000-2006 ceasefire?
• South Africa: following violence migrant workers from southern Africa, how can community build inter-group trust?
The guest editors will welcome abstracts or expressions of interest in advance of the deadline. All article submissions go through an anonymous refereeing process.
Deadline for submission of first draft articles: 31 January 2009
Articles returned to authors for revision: 15 March 2009
Final versions of articles returned by authors to guest editors: 15 April 2009
Scheduled publication date: August 2009
Notes for authors
Notes for authors can be found here:
A strict word limit of 4,000 words (inclusive of notes and references) must be observed.
Please send correspondence, abstracts and article submissions to Dr Gormley-Heenan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Roger Mac Ginty (email@example.com).
Dr. Cathy Gormley-Heenan
School of Policy Studies
University of Ulster
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