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Power-sharing and the Vertical Layering of Authority: a Review of Current Practices

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This chapter analyzes state construction in complex power-sharing systems from the perspective of how authority is distributed at and between vertical layers of authority. The empirical basis for this analysis is provided by eight recent cases of self-determination conflicts where attempts have been made to resolve them by establishing complex power-sharing institutions. Examining the vertical layering of authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bougainville, Gagauzia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mindanao, Northern Ireland, and South Ossetia, author initially evaluates the particular vertical structures of state construction in each case and contextualize them in nature and dynamics of each individual self-determination conflict. He examines three common and potentially problematic issues relating to vertical layering of public authority in complex power-sharing systems: the relationship between vertical and horizontal layers of power-sharing, coordination of government activities at and between these different layers, and overall political institutional settlement within which vertically and horizontally structured institutions have to operate.

Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bougainville; Gagauzia; political institutional settlement; power-sharing systems; self-determination conflicts; vertical layering of authority



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