'Bumps in the Road Ahead': How External Actors Defuse Power-Sharing Crises

Alison McCulloch (Corresponding Author), Joanne McEvoy

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Abstract

Power-sharing is a governance approach favoured by external actors for building state capacity and legitimacy in post-conflict societies. Yet it can be unstable and crisis-prone, compelling external actors to guide cross-community cooperation. Why and how do external actors seek to maintain power-sharing and prevent its collapse when operational difficulties emerge? We explore the distinction between ‘light touch’ and ‘heavy hand’ techniques and the motivations of external actors in defusing power-sharing crises. We find a trade-off between the short-term value of crisis management (‘putting out fires’) and the long-term objectives of sustainable local arrangements and external exit (local actors ‘going it alone’).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-235
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date8 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • peacebuilding
  • consociationalism
  • political crisis
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'Bumps in the Road Ahead' : How External Actors Defuse Power-Sharing Crises. / McCulloch, Alison (Corresponding Author); McEvoy, Joanne.

In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2019, p. 216-235.

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