Title

From Prague to Baghdad : lustration systems and their political effects

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Government and Opposition

Publication Date

6-1-2006

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page

347

Last Page

372

Abstract

This article provides a preliminary evaluation of the de-Baathification policy that has been adopted by the occupying forces in Iraq. In order to do this evaluation, the article examines the logic behind major lustration laws approved in East European countries between 1990 and 2003 and assesses their political effects. It introduces the concept of 'lustration systems' and provides their classification into either 'exclusive', 'inclusive', 'reconciliatory' or 'mixed' systems. It recommends a 'reconciliatory' system for the new Iraqi administration as an alternative to the 'mixed' system previously pursued by the Coalition authorities in Iraq.

DOI

10.1111/j.1477-7053.2006.00183.x

Print ISSN

0017257X

E-ISSN

14777053

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2006 Government and Opposition Ltd

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Additional Information

The article was first presented at the East-West Talks, Hong Kong Baptist University, November 13, 2003.

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Recommended Citation

David, R. (2006). From Prague to Baghdad: Lustration systems and their political effects. Government and Opposition, 41(3), 347-372. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-7053.2006.00183.x