Cascades of Violence and Global Governance of Peace

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John Braithwaite, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Founder, The Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University

AbstractWe live in an era of the criminalization of the state. The state becomes a takeover target for business entrepreneurs who reap bigger profits by criminalizing their state than by democratizing it. In that world, crime often cascades to war and war cascades to crime: so much so that rates of violent death often increase after peace agreements are settled. Happily, nonviolent resistance to tyranny is also a phenomenon that cascades. Cascades of nonviolence are often hijacked by cascades of violence, as seen with Syria and the Arab Spring. Less visible is the phenomenon of cascades of violence being hijacked by cascades of nonviolence: the civil wars in Bougainville, South Africa, East Timor and Nepal illustrate. So what might global governance do to steer the planet away from cascades of violence? Five propositions are advanced.

About the Speaker: John Braithwaite is a Distinguished Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network) at the Australian National University.

Since 2004 he has led a 25-year comparative project called Peacebuilding Compared (most recent book: Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny (2012, with Hilary Charlesworth and Aderito Soares). He also works on business regulation and the crime problem. His best known research is on the ideas of responsive regulation (for which the most recent book is Regulatory Capitalism: How it works, ideas for making it work better (2008)) and restorative justice (most useful book, Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation (2002)). Reintegrative shaming has also been an important focus (see Eliza Ahmed, Nathan Harris, John Braithwaite and Valerie Braithwaite (2001) Shame Management through Reintegration). John Braithwaite has been active in the peace movement, the politics of development, the social movement for restorative justice, the labour movement and the consumer movement, around these and other ideas for 50 years in Australia and internationally.


Co-sponsored by UMD's Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC)


Monday, November 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

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