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Peace by Design: Managing Intrastate Conflict through Decentralization

Dawn Brancati

Abstract

Why does political decentralization reduce intrastate conflict more in some countries than in others? Can political institutions be designed to engender peace? If so, how? Addressing these questions, this book advances the current debate on decentralization beyond a discussion of whether or not decentralization is effective in reducing conflict, to when and under what conditions it is successful. The book bridges opposing views while offering an original one, arguing that decentralization's ability to reduce conflict hinges on the electoral strength of regional parties, which, in turn, varies ... More

Keywords: decentralization, federalism, ethnic conflict, intrastate conflict, secessionism, civil war, separatism, regional parties, elections, voting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549009.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dawn Brancati, author
Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis.
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