Please be invited to a brownbag on Thursday 18th of October from 12:00-13:30, in the Peace Room. Christian Davenport will present the paper “Piece by piece: a proposal for a multi-level measure of positive peace.” Christian Davenport is Professor of Peace Studies, at the University of Notre Dame.
Abstract: Over the last 50 years or so there have been hundreds if not thousands of rigorous examinations of political conflict and violence emerging globally. Indeed, this has become one of the largest growth areas in the social sciences. These efforts have been directly facilitated by a virtual explosion in the number of databases being created on the topic (especially over the last 25 years). At the same time, the rigorous study of peace has been limited. In large part this is because there are only three measures available (in the last few years) and these indicators suffer from important limitations (e.g., they are exclusively focused on interstate conflict at the international level and they largely do not move past considerations of the absence of conflict). To address these deficiencies, I propose a new measure for positive peace that concerns multiple levels (i.e., the international, regional, national, subnational and community) as well as a wider range of experiences (i.e., from hot war to positive peace). I also propose that a globally collaborative effort be initiated to address all of the different components.