Territorial self-governance and proportional representation: Reducing the risk of territory-centred intrastate violence

Neudorfer, Natascha S., Theuerkauf, Ulrike and Wolff, Stefan (2022) Territorial self-governance and proportional representation: Reducing the risk of territory-centred intrastate violence. Territory, Politics, Governance, 10 (4). pp. 504-526. ISSN 2162-268X

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Abstract

After decades of scholarship, there is still little agreement about the usefulness of territorial self-governance in managing territory-centred conflicts. We argue that the effectiveness of territorial self-governance as a tool of territory-centred conflict management increases when combined with a proportional representation (PR) electoral system for the national legislature in basically open political regimes, but not when combined with a parliamentary form of government at the centre. We propose that the combination of territorial self-governance and PR in at least minimally democratic regimes has most conflict-reducing potential, as both institutions follow a logic of widening the input side of representative politics. We find empirical support for this proposition using binary time-series cross-section analysis is found. Our findings highlight the need to consider not just the number but, more importantly, the type of power-sharing institutions that are combined with each other when looking for ways to reduce the risk of territory-centred intrastate violence.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/M009211/1] and the United States Institute of Peace [grant number 1804-18431]. We would like to thank Thomas Flores, Oded Haklai, Erin Jenne, Arend Lijphart, Aisling Lyon, Martin Ottmann, Matt Qvortrup, Nadav Shelef, the editors of “Territory, Politics, Governance” and the anonymous reviewers for their feedback and comments on earlier drafts of this article. Versions of it were presented at the 2015 CRS Conference (14-15 September 2015, University of Kent, UK), 57th ISA Annual Convention (16-19 March 2016, Atlanta, Georgia), the 10th ECPR General Conference (7-10 September 2016, Prague, Czech Republic), the 5th EPSA Conference (25-27 June 2018, Vienna, Austria), and the 77th MPSA Annual Conference (4-7 April 2019, Chicago, Illinois). Natascha Neudorfer would like to thank the State Government of Bavaria and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for a research scholarship which made part of her work on this paper possible. Ulrike Theuerkauf gratefully acknowledges support from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes which funded part of her work on this paper. Funding Information: We would like to thank Thomas Flores, Oded Haklai, Erin Jenne, Arend Lijphart, Aisling Lyon, Martin Ottmann, Matt Qvortrup, Nadav Shelef, the editors of “Territory, Politics, Governance” and the anonymous reviewers for their feedback and comments on earlier drafts of this article. Versions of it were presented at the 2015 CRS Conference (14-15 September 2015, University of Kent, UK), 57th ISA Annual Convention (16-19 March 2016, Atlanta, Georgia), the 10th ECPR General Conference (7-10 September 2016, Prague, Czech Republic), the 5th EPSA Conference (25-27 June 2018, Vienna, Austria), and the 77th MPSA Annual Conference (4-7 April 2019, Chicago, Illinois). Natascha Neudorfer would like to thank the State Government of Bavaria and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for a research scholarship which made part of her work on this paper possible. Ulrike Theuerkauf gratefully acknowledges support from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes which funded part of her work on this paper. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Uncontrolled Keywords: conflict,electoral system,power sharing,territorial self-governance,geography, planning and development,political science and international relations,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 00:03
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 08:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74906
DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2020.1773920

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