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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-64
Number of pages19
JournalCivil Wars
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2014

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