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By Jon Elster

An research of transitional justice - retribution and reparation after a transformation of political regime - from Athens within the 5th century BC to the current. half I, 'The Universe of Transitional Justice', describes greater than thirty transitions, a few of them in significant aspect, others extra succinctly. half II, 'The Analytics of Transitional Justice', proposes a framework for explaining the differences one of the instances - why after a few transitions wrongdoers from the former regime are punished seriously and in different circumstances mildly or on no account, and sufferers occasionally compensated generously and infrequently poorly or certainly not. After surveying a vast variety of justifications and excuses for wrongdoings and standards for choosing and indemnifying sufferers, the 2004 booklet concludes with a dialogue of 3 common explanatory components: fiscal and political constraints, the retributive feelings, and the play of social gathering politics.

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