Learning lessons or unearthing truths?:Using evidence to inform mediation policy


Walton, O. E., 2014. Learning lessons or unearthing truths?:Using evidence to inform mediation policy. Civil Wars, 16 (1), pp. 46-64.

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    This article assesses the potential for evidence-informed policymaking in the field of mediation. It argues that one of the key barriers to evidence-informed policymaking in this area is the disjointed character of the existing literature and finds that methodological and theoretical tensions lie at the heart of policy debates around mediation. While differences in theoretical, epistemological and normative perspectives of the existing research have made it difficult for policymakers to draw clear conclusions from the available evidence, the article nevertheless identifies a degree of convergence around certain key themes such as the importance of legitimacy in determining conflict outcomes, and the benefits of combining quantitative and qualitative methods. It concludes by highlighting the importance of policy experimentation, evaluation, and building capacity for policy learning in mediation policymaking.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalton, O. E.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    ID Code38978


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