The study employs numerous concepts, that are being revisited for their utility throughout as they are reflected on in different contexts. Some have consensus in the literature and some are widely contested. We have gone to considerable effort to select, adapt, and in some cases newly define the study concepts towards ensuring their relevance for, and robustness of, the research. 

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Related Report – Forging Resilient Social Contracts: Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace

‘Forging Resilient Social Contracts: Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace’ is an 11-country research and policy dialogue project that aims to revitalise the social contract amidst conflict and fragility and to advance policy and practice for preventing violent conflict and for achieving and sustaining peace. The comparative findings provide evidence and insight into what drives social contracts that are inclusive and resilient, and how they manifest and adapt in different contexts, transcending what are often unsustainable, ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive ones, with durable arrangements for achieving and sustaining peace.

Concepts and definitions should be cited as such: United Nations Development Programme. 2018. “Forging Resilient Social Contracts: Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace: Full Report.” 

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