This exciting and innovative new textbook takes a multi-perspective approach to the study of conflict management in divided societies.

Offering a wide range of perspectives from the leading experts in the field, the work explains conflict management from the viewpoint of the political scientist, the constitutional architect, the activist, and the NGO. It 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, it provides a comprehensive global introduction to the study of conflict management in divided societies.

Features & benefits of the textbook:

  • Clearly explains the theories underpinning constitutional design including power sharing/liberal consociationalism, centripetalism, power dividing, and territorial solutions
  • Surveys the key actors and processes involved in designing and implementing peace including the evolution of diplomacy in peace-making, and separate chapters about crafting solutions for divided societies from the perspectives of NGOs, the UN, EU and AU
  • Explores the realities on the ground with chapters written by activists and practitioners which draw on their experience of working in conflict zones

Written in a clear and engaging style, this work is essential reading for all students of conflict resolution.

chapter |20 pages


ByChristalla Yakinthou, Stefan Wolff

part |63 pages

Theories of Conflict Management

chapter |33 pages


Power Sharing and Self-Governance
ByStefan Wolff

chapter |9 pages


Cooperation, Accommodation and Integration
ByBenjamin Reilly

chapter |18 pages

Power Dividing

The Multiple-Majorities Approach
ByPhilip G. Roeder

part |99 pages

Processes and Actors

chapter |13 pages

The Diplomacy of Conflict Management

ByI. William Zartman

chapter |15 pages

Quiet Diplomacy

Preventing Conflict through Discreet Engagement
ByCraig Collins, John Packer

chapter |19 pages

Imperfect but Indispensable

The United Nations and Global Conflict Management
ByAnoulak Kittikhoun, Thomas G. Weiss

chapter |16 pages

Regional Origins, Global Aspirations

The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager
ByNathalie Tocci

chapter |15 pages

Limited Capabilities, Great Expectations

The African Union and Regional Conflict Management
ByJohn Akokpari

part |78 pages

Case Studies

chapter |14 pages

Between Theory and Practice

ByJanine Natalya Clark

chapter |16 pages

The Challenges of Implementation

ByVirginie Ladisch

chapter |16 pages

The Failure of Prevention

ByMarc Weller

chapter |16 pages

A Never-Ending Story

ByChristalla Yakinthou

chapter |14 pages

The Potency of External Conflict Management

Northern Ireland
ByAdrian Guelke