Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies

The Many Uses of Territorial Self-Governance

This paper, published in the Ethnopolitics Papers series of the Exeter Centre for Ethnopolitical Studies explores the multiple uses of territorial self-governance arrangements as mechanisms of ethnic conflict management. Proceeding in several steps, I first conceptualize the meaning of territorial self governance in the context of conflict management in divided societies and then offer a brief history of its practical usage in the period until 1990. This historical contextualization is important for an understanding of both the contemporary theory and practice of territorial self-governance as a strategy of conflict management which I examine at length conceptually and empirically in the third section of this paper, before concluding with some general observations on the utility of territorial self-governance as an approach to conflict management in divided societies.