You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Judging the Fairness of Amnesty in South Africa
James L. Gibson
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Jul., 2002), pp. 540-556
Published by: Midwest Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3088398
Page Count: 17
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Amnesty, Procedural justice, Fairness, Distributive justice, Reconciliation, Justice, Retributive justice, Victim compensation, Corrective justice, Apartheid
Were these topics helpful?See somethings inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Nations in transition to democratic governance often must address the political atrocities committed under the ancien regime. A common response is some sort of "truth commission," typically with the power to grant amnesty to those confessing their illicit deeds. Based on a survey of the South African mass public, my purpose here is to investigate judgments of the fairness of amnesty. I employ an experimental "vignette" to assess the contributions of various forms of justice to judgments of the fairness of granting amnesty. My analysis indicates that justice considerations do indeed influence fairness assessments. Distributive justice matters-providing victims compensation increases perceptions that amnesty is fair. But so too do procedural (voice) and restorative (apologies) justice matter for amnesty judgments. I conclude that the failure of the new regime in South Africa to satisfy expectations of justice may have serious consequences for the likelihood of successfully consolidating the democratic transition.
American Journal of Political Science © 2002 Midwest Political Science Association