The French Political Science Association will hold its 11th Conference in Strasbourg (France) from August 31, 2011 to September 2, 2011. N. Duclos and S.Perrot organize a panel on "the sociology of DDR policies : analysis of coproduction process". The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2010.
This panel particularly encourages submissions that focus on:
1.The analysis of transactions between international and local actors in the implementation of DDR programs, whether designed by international organizations (IOM, UNDP, WB) or NGOs (GTZ). To what extent is this implementation impacted by negotiations or political bargaining with local actors leading to a (partial) redefinition of the program? Recipients shouldn’t be considered as passive beneficiaries of DDR operations. Does the supply of programs constitute an opportunity for local actors willing to improve their post-war situation? There is need also to analyse the bypassing or blocking strategies of actors. Here we aim at focusing on the implementation of DDR programs in their interactions with local actors and to emancipate from a top down perspective.
2.What are the related effects of DDR programs? Here, we’ll highlight incidences of external interventions on post-war societies. Do these programs take part to a reification of some groups, like ex-combatants, that they target more specifically? What is an ex-combatant indeed? Can we include in the same denomination a peasant who temporarily used the family gun to defend his home and the combatant who joined from the very beginning of the conflict and spent years in the bush? Do DDR programs contribute to the construction and/or transformation of some categories? Integrating the gender issue to our reflection, we’ll pay attention to the specific status of ex-combatant women. To what extent do some actors draw legitimation or promotion in post-war societies from their recognition as interlocutors of the UN mission or as beneficiaries of some programs at the expense of other groups or actors (including actors excluded from the DDR programs)? Finally, what are the unexpected, or even pernicious, impacts of DDR programs?
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