Complex Power-Sharing

The project Resolving Self-Determination Disputes through Complex Power-Sharing (2001-2003) presented and analyzed novel ways of overcoming self-determination conflicts through complex power-sharing arrangements. Situated at the interface between international law and politics, this project considered recent cases of attempted settlements: Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Gagauzia/Moldova, South Ossetia/Georgia, Bougainville/Papua New Guinea and Mindanao/Philippines.

The overarching aim of the project was to gain an understanding of how complex power-sharing arrangements operate and what their success and failure depend upon. On the basis of these conclusions, the project hoped to generate practical policy recommendations for future negotiators of complex power-sharing arrangements.

Weller, Marc, and Barbara Metzger (eds.), Settling Self-Determination Disputes. Complex Power-Sharing in Theory and Practice.  Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2008.

The project was aimed at the advancement of existing power-sharing theory beyond the traditional consocialist-integrationist divide and highlighting the multi-level complexity of contemporary power-sharing practice.

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State