Conflict society: understanding the role of civil society in conflict

Marchetti, Raffaele and Tocci, Nathalie (2009) Conflict society: understanding the role of civil society in conflict. Global Change, Peace & Security, 21 (2). p. 201-217. ISSN 1478-1158.

Corporate Creators

LUISS University, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Download (198kB)


This article analyses the relationship between civil society and conflict. It aims to provide an analytical framework to unpack this complex relationship and assess the impacts which civil society may have on conflict. In a first section, it analyses the implications of context on civil society, namely the implications that statehood, democracy, nationalism, development and international presence have on the nature of civil society. In the second section it examines more specifically the role of civil society in ethno-political conflicts, or as we rename it ‘conflict society’. The final section turns to the identification of different factors determining the impact of civil society on conflicts, including political identities, frameworks of action and political opportunity structures in which civil society actors operate. Accordingly, the different combinations of these determinants lead to the formation of civil society actors and ensuing actions that can either fuel conflict, sustain the status quo, or build peace.

Item Type: Article
Research documents and activity classification: Journal Articles > Articles > Articles published in or submitted to a Journal without IF refereed / of international relevance
Divisions: Department of Political Science > CERSDU (Center for the Study of Human Rights) up to 2008
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/11 Sociology of Political Phenomena
Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/04 Political Science
Deposited by: Raffaele Marchetti
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2009 13:13
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 00:13


Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only

View Item View Item