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Introduction: Federalism, reconciliation, and power-sharing in post-conflict societies

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Loizides, Neophytos; Kovras, Iosif; Ireton, Kathleen

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Abstract This special issue examines the interplay between reconciliation in postconflict societies and alternative mechanisms of political accommodation. In our introductory article, we define and explore the central concepts used in post-conflict studies while investigating the potential linkages between reconciliation and federal or power-sharing arrangements. We argue that addressing issues of justice, reconciliation and amnesty in the aftermath of conflict frequently facilitates cooperation in establishing successful institutional mechanisms at the political level. We also examine the degree to which reconciliation at the grassroots level should be seen as a prerequisite of consolidating power-sharing arrangements among elites particularly in the form of federal agreements. Finally, we discuss the individual contributions to the special issue and highlight the importance of incorporating insights from the literature of transitional justice and post-conflict reconciliation to the study and practice of federalism.
Keywords federalism; conflict resolution; post-war society; reconciliation; coming to terms with the past; peace process; political power; justice; democracy
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 1-14
Journal Federal Governance, 8 (2011) 2
Issue topic Federalism, reconciliation, and power-sharing in post-conflict societies
ISSN 1923-6158
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Basic Digital Peer Publishing Licence