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New Challenges for Divided Societies

Edited by Ian O’Flynn and David Russell

ISBN: 0745322921  Paperback
Price: £19.99   /  $32.50   /  €27.00
ISBN: 074532293X  Hardback
Price: £60.00   /  $90.00   /  €82.50

Publication Date: October 2005

Pages: 240pp  Illustration: 3 figs  Size: DEMY (215x135mm)

It is widely assumed that internal power-sharing is a viable democratic means 
of managing inter-communal conflict in divided societies. In principle, this 
form of government enables communities that have conflicting identities to 
remedy longstanding patterns of discrimination and to co-exist peacefully. Key 
arguments in support of this view can be found in the highly influential works 
of Arend Lijphart and Donald Horowitz.

New Challenges for Power-Sharing seeks to explore the unintended consequences 
of power-sharing for the communities themselves, their individual members,and 
for others in society. More specifically, it is distinctive in questioning 
explicitly whether power sharing: perpetuates inter-communal conflict by 
institutionalising difference at the political level; inhibits conflict 
resolution by encouraging extremism; stifles internal diversity; and fails to 
leave sufficient space for individual autonomy.

This book not only provides a theoretical exploration and critique of these 
questions, but comprehensively examines specific test cases where power-sharing 
institutions have been established, including in Northern Ireland, Belgium, 
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Lebanon. It also explores such issues as the 
role of political leaders, human rights instruments, the position of women, and 
the prospects for reconciliation within such societies.

Furthermore it provides a detailed set of policy recommendations to meet the 
challenges of transition in deeply-divided societies.

Ian O’Flynn is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Essex and Visiting 
Scholar at Harvard.

David Russell is currently Research Associate at the Centre for Lebanese 
Studies,Oxford University.

Introduction: New Challenges for Power Sharing

Ian O’Flynn ((Lecturer in Politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne) 
and David Russell (Policy Officer at the Northern Ireland Community Relations 
Council, Research Associate, Democratic Dialogue, Belfast and Research 
Associate, The Centre for Lebanese Studies, University of Oxford)

Part 1. Conceptual Issues

1. Democratic Values and Power Sharing

Ian O’Flynn

2. Integration and Autonomy: Minority rights and Political Accommodation

Tom Hadden (teaches human rights and conflict resolution at Queen’s University 
Belfast as a part-time Professor of Law)

3. Breaking Antagonism? Political Leadership in Divided Societies

Duncan Morrow (Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Ireland Community 
Relations Council)

4. Electoral Systems Design and Power-Sharing Regimes

Stefan Wolff (Professor of Political Science at the University of Bath)

Part 2. Case Studies

5. The Failure of Moderate Politics: The Case of Northern Ireland

Anthony Oberschall (Emeritus Professor at the University of North 
Carolina,Chapel Hill) and L. Kendall Palmer ((Lecturer in Politics at the 
University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

6. The Unintended Consequences of Consociational Federalism: The Case of Belgium

Kris Deschouwer (Professor of Politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

7. Partial Implementation,Partial Success: The Case of Macedonia

Florian Bieber (Senior Non-resident Research Associate of the European Centre 
for Minority Issues,Belgrade. He teaches at Central European University 
(Budapest),the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna)

8. The Dichotomy of International Mediation and Leader Intransigence: The Case 
of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marie-Joëlle Zahar (Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Université 
de Montréal)

9. Power Sharing and National Reconciliation: The Case of Lebanon

David Russell and Nadim Shehadi (Director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies,an 
independent academic research institution affiliated to the Middle East Centre 
at St Antony's College,Oxford University)

Part 3. Deepening Democracy

10. Overlapping Identities: Power Sharing and Women’s Rights

Rachel Rebouché (Juris Doctorate Candidate at Harvard Law School) and Kate 
Fearon (founder member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, an adviser to 
its Northern Ireland Peace Talks negotiation team and adviser to its Assembly 
Members in the First Northern Ireland Assembly)

11. Below and Beyond Power Sharing: Relational Structures across Institutions 
and Civil Society

Manlio Cinalli (Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, 
Florence, and Research Fellow at the University of Leeds)

12. The Challenge of Reconciliation in Post-conflict Societies: 
Definitions,Problems and Proposals

Brandon Hamber (Research Associate of Democratic Dialogue, Belfast) and Gráinne 
Kelly (Research Associate of Democratic Dialogue, Belfast)

13. Towards a Civic Culture: Implications for Power Sharing Policy Makers

Robin Wilson (Director of the Belfast-based think tank Democratic Dialogue)

List of Contributors


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