Consociationalism, Power Sharing, and Politics at the Center

Published in The International Studies Encyclopedia (edited by Robert A. Denemark, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), this chapter outlines the main features of centripetalism, power sharing, and power dividing and of their prescriptions for divided societies. I compare the three schools to one another and showing their limitations as theories of conflict settlement against a new practice of conflict settlement that is best described as complex power sharing and eclipses the much narrower approaches taken by each school of thought individually.