Introduction: Guaranteeing Territorial Self-Government as a Conflict Management Tool

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


This chapter introduces a theory of territorial self-government as a conflict management tool, focusing on its ability to meet the needs of both groups seeking autonomy and the central state but also how instability is inherent in the compromise nature of the arrangements and the low level of trust between conflict groups. It then moves on to outline how guarantee mechanisms, both domestic and international, may be included in territorial self-government peace agreements to ensure their stability. The ability of international actors to maintain and support the TSG arrangements is explored, the role of international military and transitional authorities, as well as policy conditionality, are outlined. Finally, the chapter briefly addresses research design, discussing case selection, data collection, and data analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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