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2 - Power-Sharing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2021

Paul R. Williams
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American University, Washington DC
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Nearly all contemporary conflicts are driven in part by political marginalization. This political marginalization amplifies the consequences of economic and cultural marginalization. To craft a durable peace, the parties to peace negotiations often spend considerable time and effort crafting power-sharing arrangements that balance the pull of some parties for greater diffusion and devolution of political power with the pull of other parties to maintain a degree of political centralization, for the sake of efficiency and effectiveness, and to preserve their prior political privileges. This chapter explores the puzzle of whether and how to create a vertical power-sharing arrangement that leads to a durable peace. It reviews the peace processes related to conflicts in Bosnia, Colombia, Indonesia/Aceh, Iraq, Macedonia, Nepal, the Philippines/Mindanao, South Africa, Sudan, and Yemen to understand how parties have grappled with the thorny set of conundrums, including the choice of state structure; the allocation of legislative and executive powers among the levels of government; the degree of political, administrative, and/or fiscal decision-making authority to be devolved; and the timeline for implementing any agreed plan for decentralization.

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Lawyering Peace , pp. 50 - 93
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Power-Sharing
  • Paul R. Williams, American University, Washington DC
  • Book: Lawyering Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108776264.003
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  • Power-Sharing
  • Paul R. Williams, American University, Washington DC
  • Book: Lawyering Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108776264.003
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  • Power-Sharing
  • Paul R. Williams, American University, Washington DC
  • Book: Lawyering Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108776264.003
Available formats
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