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Power-sharing is a critical political strategy for dealing with protracted conflicts: ultimately, power-sharing facilitates the democratic accommodation of difference. Despite these benefits, myriad criticisms have been launched against the model, ranging from its supposedly illiberal and primordial basis to its alleged inability to produce peace and stability
This edited collection aims to enhance our understanding of the utility of power-sharing in deeply divided societies by subjecting power-sharing theory and practice to empirical and normative analysis and critique. Its overarching questions are:
- Do power-sharing arrangements enhance stability, peace and cooperation in divided societies?
- Do they do so in ways that promote justice, fairness and democracy?
- Do they do so in ways that promote effective governance?
Utilising a broad range of global empirical case studies, it provides a space for dialogue between leading and emerging scholars on the normative questions surrounding power-sharing. Distinctively it asks leading and emerging academic proponents of power-sharing to think critically about its weaknesses.
This text will be of key interest to students, scholars and practitioners of power-sharing, ethnic politics, democracy and democratization, peacebuilding, comparative constitutional design, and more broadly Comparative Politics, International Relations and Constitutional and Comparative Law.