Wolff, Yakinthou and their distinguished authors make a major contribution to the literature on the politics of conflict management, with thoughtful chapters on interlocking themes and case studies that span the field impressively.

John Coakley, University College Dublin, Ireland

Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice

Taking a multi-perspective approach to the study of conflict management in divided societies and offering a wide range of perspectives from leading experts in the field, this book examines the philosophies underpinning constitutional design, the actors and processes involved and the practicalities of the settlement process, combining conceptual and theoretical contributions with empirical case studies. In so doing, the contributors provide a comprehensive introduction to the study of conflict management in divided societies.

Written in a clear and engaging style, this book is essential reading for all students of conflict management. It clearly explains the theories underpinning constitutional design, including power sharing, centripetalism, power dividing and territorial self governance; it surveys the key actors and processes involved in designing and implementing peace settlements, including the evolution of diplomacy in peacemaking and separate chapters on crafting solutions for divided societies from the perspectives of the UN, EU, AU and NGOs; and it explores the realities on the ground, with chapters written by specialists drawing on their experience of working in conflict zones.

This carefully crafted compilation of chapters is one of only a handful of edited volumes that succeeds in capturing both the breadth and depth of conflict management practice and theory. Practitioners as well as students of ethnic conflict will find great value here. David Carment, Carleton University, Canada


September 2011