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Governing ethnic conflict; consociation identity, and the price of peace.


Governing ethnic conflict; consociation identity, and the price of peace.

Finlay, Andrew.



151 pages



Routledge studies in peace and conflict resolutions


Finlay (sociology, Trinity College, Dublin) provides an intellectual history, or genealogy of the emerging common approach to peace making, with case studies of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998 and to a lesser degree the Dayton Accords regarding Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995. Consociation is conventionally described as the sharing of power between the leaders of the contending groups or segments, each of which usually has the power of veto, he explains, but it can also entail proportional distribution of posts in the legislature and bureaucracy as well as the executive, and a degree of autonomy or self-rule for the parties, especially in matters of cultural consequence. Among his topics are essentialism and the reconciliation of the liberal state to ethnicity, whether ethnopolitics is a form of biopolitics, single-identity work versus community relations, and human rights and the priority of ethnicity.

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Title Annotation:Routledge studies in peace and conflict resolutions
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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