• Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
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  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Wolff Stefan
    Complex Power-sharing and the Centrality of Territorial Self-governance in Contemporary Conflict Settlements
    in Ethnopolitics , Volume 8, Issue 1 - Special Issue: Federalism, Regional Autonomy and Conflict, March ,  2009 ,  27-45
    This article contends that three key characteristics in the context of self-determination conflicts are crucial in determining the institutional design of their settlement: the compactness of groups' settlement patterns in a given state; the degree of ethnic heterogeneity in the territorial entities to which powers and competences of self-governance are to be assigned; and their significance relative to the rest of the state, leading to three core elements of institutional design that are variably present—territorial self-governance, and local and central power-sharing are variably part of conflict settlements. Examining 18 individual cases of post-Cold War conflict settlements across 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, the article finds these assumptions to be largely correct and concludes with a number of suggestions for further theoretical and empirical investigation.
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