Advanced

Challenging Chapultepec- The Impact of the Peace Accords on the Democratization of Post War El Salvador

Pérez Lopez, Elena LU (2010) STVM01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
With the help and mediation of international involvement, a peace negotiation, succeeding previous futile attempts to put an end to a civil war finally led to the signing of the Chapultepec peace accords. The first presidential elections in 1994 were won by right-winged party ARENA, who furthermore would hold power through elections for 15 years to come. In the 2009 elections, left winged party FMLN won the presidential elections for the first time, forming a minority government. This shift of power marked another victory for democracy in El Salvador.

The purpose of this study is to examine whether the peace accords in their design and circumstances have had an impact in the political development of the transition to democracy of El... (More)
With the help and mediation of international involvement, a peace negotiation, succeeding previous futile attempts to put an end to a civil war finally led to the signing of the Chapultepec peace accords. The first presidential elections in 1994 were won by right-winged party ARENA, who furthermore would hold power through elections for 15 years to come. In the 2009 elections, left winged party FMLN won the presidential elections for the first time, forming a minority government. This shift of power marked another victory for democracy in El Salvador.

The purpose of this study is to examine whether the peace accords in their design and circumstances have had an impact in the political development of the transition to democracy of El Salvador. I have for this purpose examined the peace accords and circumstances that led up to the negotiation through theories on the success and legitimacy of peace processes. My conclusion is that whilst the Chapultepec Peace accords is internationally regarded as a success, many of the current problems, both in relation to security and political issues are attributable to the accords failure to eradicate all underlying causes of the initial outbreak of the war. The current democracy in El Salvador therefore rests on an unsteady base. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Pérez Lopez, Elena LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM01 20101
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
El Salvador, peace accords, democratization, post-conflict, consolidation.
language
English
id
1670347
date added to LUP
2010-09-13 14:09:58
date last changed
2010-09-13 14:09:58
@misc{1670347,
  abstract     = {With the help and mediation of international involvement, a peace negotiation, succeeding previous futile attempts to put an end to a civil war finally led to the signing of the Chapultepec peace accords. The first presidential elections in 1994 were won by right-winged party ARENA, who furthermore would hold power through elections for 15 years to come. In the 2009 elections, left winged party FMLN won the presidential elections for the first time, forming a minority government. This shift of power marked another victory for democracy in El Salvador.

The purpose of this study is to examine whether the peace accords in their design and circumstances have had an impact in the political development of the transition to democracy of El Salvador. I have for this purpose examined the peace accords and circumstances that led up to the negotiation through theories on the success and legitimacy of peace processes. My conclusion is that whilst the Chapultepec Peace accords is internationally regarded as a success, many of the current problems, both in relation to security and political issues are attributable to the accords failure to eradicate all underlying causes of the initial outbreak of the war. The current democracy in El Salvador therefore rests on an unsteady base.},
  author       = {Pérez Lopez, Elena},
  keyword      = {El Salvador,peace accords,democratization,post-conflict,consolidation.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Challenging Chapultepec- The Impact of the Peace Accords on the Democratization of Post War El Salvador},
  year         = {2010},
}