Understanding Power-Sharing Performance: A Lifecycle Approach

Allison McCulloch*, Joanne McEvoy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Power-sharing is a leading institutional strategy for the management of ethnic conflict. Yet its performance is uneven. It often delivers a peace dividend: stopping violence, avoiding minority exclusion, and reducing group-based insecurity. Its decision-making efficiency and governance record, however, have weaker evaluations. We conceptualize ‘the power-sharing lifecycle’ to better understand the reasons for this uneven record. Exploring power-sharing performance through a lifecycle lens helps illuminate the experiences of – and potential for – power-sharing in the post-uprisings Arab world and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Issue number2
Early online date1 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


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