Power-Sharing Revisited - Lessons learned in the Balkans?

Bieber, Florian and Keil, Soeren (2009) Power-Sharing Revisited - Lessons learned in the Balkans? Review of Central and East European Law, 34 (4). pp. 337-360. ISSN 0925-9880. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In this article, the authors discuss the use of power-sharing instruments in the Western Balkans. While the comparison will focus on the use of power-sharing in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, there will be occasional references to Kosovo, the third country in the region that displays elements of power-sharing. We argue that the region has been a laboratory of power-sharing instruments, with rather mixed results. While in all three cases, power-sharing was part of a larger strategy of peacebuilding, and was, therefore, successful in ending violent conflict and supporting peaceful conflict resolution, the introduction of power-sharing has also had some negative side effects. We will discuss, in particular, the consequences of complicated political systems, veto rights, as well as far-reaching ethno-territorial autonomy. Furthermore, the article will asses the risk of blockages arising from complex political arrangements and resulting international mediation. A particular focus of the article will be to distinguish between federalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and alternative forms of autonomy (both territorial and non-territorial) in Macedonia and Kosovo. Rather than suggesting that power-sharing as such has failed in the region, we submit that the experience in the region suggests that: (a) there are no viable alternatives to power-sharing in the selected countries; (b) that different types of power-sharing need to be considered; and (c) that potential membership in the European Union continues to be the only incentive for the efficient implementation and application of power-sharing in the cases discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: T.M.J. Vandenkendelaere
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2010 12:12
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2011 11:42
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24192 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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