Lustration and Transitional Justice

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Lustration encompasses a set of transitional justice measures, which use different methods to address the presence of persons associated with undemocratic regimes in the state apparatus of transitional countries. Three major lustration systems – exclusive, inclusive, and reconciliatory – are based on three specific methods –exclusion, exposure, and confession – that mirror three major clusters of transitional justice – retributive, revelatory, and reconciliatory. Lustration cannot be reduced to a mere instrumental process of transitional justice; it carries profound symbolic meanings in transitional societies, affecting both trust in government and interpersonal trust.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of sociology
EditorsGeorge RITZER
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN (Print)9781405124331
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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