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By Kristin M. Bakke

There isn't any one-size-fits-all decentralized repair to deeply divided and conflict-ridden states. one of many hotly debated coverage prescriptions for states dealing with self-determination calls for is a few kind of decentralized governance - together with neighborhood autonomy preparations and federalism - which can provide minority teams a level of self-rule. but the music list of latest decentralized states means that those have broadly divergent potential to comprise conflicts inside their borders. via in-depth case experiences of Chechnya, Punjab and Québec, in addition to a statistical cross-country research, this publication argues that whereas coverage, financial strategy, and political decentralization can, certainly, be peace-preserving every now and then, the results of those associations are conditioned via qualities of the societies they (are intended to) govern. Decentralization may also help look after peace in a single nation or in a single sector, however it can have simply the other impression in a rustic or quarter with varied ethnic and financial features.

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