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Peace-preserving federalism: Making sense of India and Nigeria

Andrea Iff

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ISBN 10: 3838116704 / ISBN 13: 9783838116709
Published by Suedwestdeutscher Verlag fuer Hochschulschriften, 2010
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Peace-preserving federalism: Making sense of...

Publisher: Suedwestdeutscher Verlag fuer Hochschulschriften

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Federalism has been proposed as an institutional form that accommodates different ethnic groups within the boundaries of one state. Two opposing approaches of this kind of federalism can be introduced: consociational and centripetal federalism. The study tests these appraoches for the conflicts in Punjab and Nagaland in India and Biafra and Ogoniland in Nigeria. It has been examined firstly, whether the proposed consociational and centripetal mechanisms were introduced and secondly, whether they mutually reinforced each other. It is argued, that the lack of shared-rule mechanisms can be seen as an important explaining variable for the persisting violence of these conflicts and the inability of federal institutions to transform violence.

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Andrea Iff is Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator of Business & Peace at swisspeace, an affiliated Institute of the University of Basel. She works on institutions and conflict transformation, as well as business actor's involvement in peace processes.

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