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Conflict Management in Divided Societies

Theories and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Wolff, Christalla Yakinthou


280 pages

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This exciting and innovative new textbook takes a multi-perspective approach to the study of conflict management in divided societies.

Offering a wide range of perspectives from the leading experts in the field, the work explains conflict management from the viewpoint of the political scientist, the constitutional architect, the activist, and the NGO. It examines the philosophies underpinning constitutional design, the actors and processes involved, and the practicalities of the settlement process, combining conceptual and theoretical contributions with empirical case studies. In so doing, it provides a comprehensive global introduction to the study of conflict management in divided societies.

Features & benefits of the textbook:

  • Clearly explains the theories underpinning constitutional design including power sharing/liberal consociationalism, centripetalism, power dividing, and territorial solutions
  • Surveys the key actors and processes involved in designing and implementing peace including the evolution of diplomacy in peace-making, and separate chapters about crafting solutions for divided societies from the perspectives of NGOs, the UN, EU and AU
  • Explores the realities on the ground with chapters written by activists and practitioners which draw on their experience of working in conflict zones

Written in a clear and engaging style, this work is essential reading for all students of conflict resolution.


'Conflict management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice is an innovative book that gives a multi-perspective view of conflict management in divided societies…This book is written in a simple and engaging style…It will be very useful especially for students and researchers in inter-national relations, political science and conflict management practitioners at all levels.' - Kiven James Kewir, Journal of Conflict Transormation & Security, The University of Yaounde II Soa

"The findings of this innovative volume help in consolidating the study of conflict management. It is not only a textbook of relevance for scholars, students and activists directly concerned with conflict management, but also an invaluable source for readers concerned with human rights, peace building, elite politics and international affairs." -KAI CHEN, Zhejiang University, China

Table of Contents

Foreword Alvaro de Soto. Introduction Christalla Yakinthou and Stefan Wolff Section 1: Theories of Conflict Managment 1. Consociationalism: Power-Sharing and Self-Governance Stefan Wolff 2. Centripetalism: Cooperation, Accomodation and Integration Benjamin Reilly 3. Power Dividing: The Multiple-Majorities Approach Philip G. Roeder Section 2: Processes and Actors 4. The Diplomacy of Conflict Management William I. Zartman 5. Quiet Diplomacy: Preventing Conflict through Discreet Engagement Craig Gollins and John Packer 6. Inperfect but Indispensable: The UN and Global Conflict Managment Anoulak Kittikhoun and Thomas G. Weiss 7. Regional Origins, Global Aspirations: The EU as a Global Conflict Manager Nathalie Tocci 8. Limited Capabilities, Great Expectations: The African Union and Regional Conflict Management John Akokpari 9. Political Engagement, Mediation and the Nongovernmental Sector Katia Papiagianni Section 3: Case Studies 10. Between Theory and Practice: Rwanda Janine Natalya Clark 11. The Challenges of Implementation: Guatemala Virginie Ladisch 12. The Failure of Prevention: Kosovo Marc Weller 13. A Never-Ending Story: Cyprus Christalla Yakinthou 14. The Potency of External Conflict Management: Northern Ireland Adrian Guelke

About the Editors

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Member of the Governing Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues.

Christalla Yakinthou is Country Manager of the International Center for Transitional Justice's Cyprus Program, and Honorary Research Fellow in the department of Political Science, University of Western Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General