Truth Commission Legitimacy and Violence in Africa

  • Angela D. Nichols
Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)


In an attempt to gain a more nuanced understanding of truth commission impact on violence within a society, I devote Chap.  5 to testing the argued relationships using the SCAD—information on protests, riots, strikes, and other similar social disturbances in Africa between 1990 and 2011. I find that the authority awarded to a truth commission by its mandate decreases the total number of SCAD events that occur in a particular country by about 11%. Additionally, public hearings perform counter to my expectations. Based on my statistical analysis, public hearings (transparency) increase violence by a little less than 6% compared to truth commission countries that do not hold public hearings. This chapter further discusses these and other results in greater depth.


Truth commission Africa Legitimacy Political violence Social conflict 


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  • Angela D. Nichols
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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