The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Enhanced Local Government and Ethnic Conflict

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Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)

Abstract

This chapter explores how enhanced local government, a weaker form of TSG, was used as part of a conflict management practise after the outbreak of inter-ethnic violence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2001. It highlights how these institutions were specifically designed to avoid explicitly ethnising territorial arrangements. It finds that despite a history of domestic inter-ethnic cooperation and the international communities’ success in quickly acting to end the violence domestic and international guarantees have at times struggle to protect the TSG arrangements. Furthermore, it shows how both NATO and the EU allowed the name dispute between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece to prevent Euro-Atlantic integration undermining the potential of such integration to stabilise the TSG and improve inter-ethnic relations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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