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Power or peace? Restoration or emancipation through peace processes

Richmond, Oliver P. and Mac Ginty, Roger and Pogodda, Sandra and Visoka, Gëzim (2021) 'Power or peace? Restoration or emancipation through peace processes.', Peacebuilding, 9 (3). pp. 243-257.


Recent critical academic work in Peace and Conflict Studies has concentrated on the agential aspects of peace but has somewhat neglected structural issues and the different types of power that may be an obstacle to peace. Yet, for peace to take root, to be emancipatory and truly transformative, it seems that issues of hard power, geo-politics and the structures of states, societies and economies need to be re-addressed in a new set of contexts. This special issue concentrates on how peace scholarship and agendas can be furthered in an era of realism, hard power, the primacy of geopolitics, nationalism, authoritarianism and unfettered capitalism. This article explores the fluid and multifaceted relationship between power and peace, while also introducing the contributions to this special issue.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 04 November 2022.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Peacebuilding. Richmond, Oliver P., Mac Ginty, Roger, Pogodda, Sandra & Visoka, Gëzim (2021). Power or peace? Restoration or emancipation through peace processes. Peacebuilding 9(3): 243-257. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:30 March 2021
Date deposited:14 January 2022
Date of first online publication:04 May 2021
Date first made open access:04 November 2022

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