Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict : Lessons from the Republic of Macedonia
Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict offers new insight into the dynamics of conflict management through decentralisation, using an in-depth case study of decentralisation in the Republic of Macedonia between 2005 and 2012. Guided by the concept of horizontal inequalities, the volume identifies the factors which influenced the decision to devolve responsibilities to the municipalities after 2001.Taking an integrative approach to studying the political, administrative, and fiscal dimensions of decentralisation and its implementation, the book investigates whether these institutional reforms have indeed contributed to the reduction of inequalities between Macedonia's ethnic groups, and what the obstacles were in those areas in which decentralisation has not reached its full potential. The key lesson of the Macedonian case is that attempts to solve internal self-determination conflicts through decentralisation will fail if local self-governance exists only in form but not in substance.
This book contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the challenges facing different forms of decentralisation in the long term, and as such represents a significant contribution to Conflict Studies, Development Studies and Political Science more generally.
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 159 x 235 x 20.32mm | 499g
- 05 Nov 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 13 Line drawings, black and white; 52 Tables, black and white; 13 Illustrations, black and white
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Table of contents
Michael Pugh, Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford, UK & Visiting Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Exploring the dynamics and impact of decentralisation on inter-ethnic relations in post-Yugoslav Macedonia, Lyon engages thoroughly with existing theories of conflict management, territorial state construction, and decentralisation and offers a wealth of original empirical analysis. This exceptionally timely contribution to our existing knowledge and understanding provides highly relevant policy recommendations and should be required reading for all serious students and analysts of ethnic conflict in the Western Balkans and beyond.
Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham, UK
This important study not only contributes to our understanding of contemporary Macedonia, but also makes an important argument about the importance of decentralisation as a tool of conflict management. Macedonia is the prime case study of international mediators seeking to address interethnic relations through decentralisation and local-level power-sharing. Aisling Lyon provides a very well-researched, nuanced assessment of whether decentralisation has delivered. The weaknesses of the Macedonian experience provide useful guidance for policy makers in addressing interethnic conflict elsewhere.
Florian Bieber, Professor of South East European studies, University of Graz, Austria
"This book should serve the political elites in the Republic of Macedonia as a reality check on the progress of the implementation of decentralisation reforms. Its research findings are also relevant to practitioners working in the country, and the policy recommendations it offers provide a useful tool for future progress. It is very useful reading for students, academics, political analysts, activists and NGOs studying the process of decentralisation and the circumstances that preceded the Ohrid Framework Agreement."
Review of Social Studies (RoSS), Vol.3, No.1, 122 Spring 2016
Maja Trajkovska, independent writer and researcher, Republic of Macedonia
About Aisling Lyon