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Power-Sharing Pacts and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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ISBN 9781032148762
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
146 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a comparative lens on the contested relationship between two leading conflict resolution norms: ethnopolitical power-sharing pacts and the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.

Championed by national governments and international organizations over the last two decades, power-sharing and feminist scholars and practitioners tend to view them as opposing norms. Critics charge that power-sharing scholars cast gender as an inconsequential political identity that does not motivate people like ethnonationalism. From a feminist perspective, such thinking serves the interests of ethnicized elites while excluding women and other marginalized communities from key sites of political power. This edited volume takes a different tack: while recognizing the gender gaps that still exist in power-sharing theory and practice, contributors also emphasize the constructive engagements that can be built between ethnopolitical power-sharing and gender inclusion.

Three main themes are highlighted:

  • The ‘gender silences’ of existing power-sharing arrangements
  • The impact of gender activism and advocacy on the negotiation and implementation of power-sharing pacts in divided societies
  • The opportunities for linkages between power-sharing and the women, peace and security agenda.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Is Power-Sharing Bad for Women?

Siobhan Byrne and Allison Mcculloch

1. Power-Sharing, Conflict Resolution, and Women: A Global Reappraisal

Christine Bell

2. Navigating Consociationalism's Afterlives: Women, Peace and Security in Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina

Maria-Adriana Deiana

3. The Impact of Women's Activism on the Peace Negotiations in Cyprus

Olga Demetriou and Maria Hadjipavlou

4. Female Party Attachment in a Power-Sharing Polity: The Erosion of Protestant Support in Northern Ireland

Bernadette C. Hayes and Joanne Mcevoy

5. Between Co-Option and Radical Opposition: A Comparative Analysis of Power-Sharing on Gender Equality and LGBTQ rights in Northern Ireland and Lebanon

John Nagle and Tamirace Fakhoury

6. Allies or Opponents? Power-Sharing, Civil Society, and Gender

Claire Pierson and Jennifer Thomson

7. The Feminist Institutional Dimensions of Power-Sharing and Political Settlements

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

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Siobhan Byrne is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her teaching and research focus on post-conflict transitions to peace, feminist anti-war activism, and feminist interventions in International Relations.

Allison McCulloch is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada. Her research considers the design of power-sharing arrangements, their incentives for moderation and extremism and whether they can be made more inclusive of identities beyond the ethno-national divide.