Source: (2006) In, Tristan Anne Borer, editor, Telling the Truths: Truth Telling and Peace Building in Post- Conflict Societies. Notre Dame: University Of Notre Dame Press. pp.181-206

The point of this chapter is to provide an argument – one that is more than an aspiration but nevertheless retains some normative edge – about the contribution that truth-telling mechanisms can make to the establishment or the entrenchment of the rule of law. I first construct an argument that leads to the hypothesis that the truth telling contributes to the establishment or the entrenchment of the rule of law by promoting civic trust. What I am proposing, in a sense, amounts to setting out a research agenda that seeks to examine whether the hypothesis – that truth telling can promote the rule of law – has been obtained in fact. If it has not, we want to understand the reasons why, and if it has, we want to see whether the positive impact of truth telling on the rule of law can be maximized. (excerpt)