Inter-ethnic conflict resolution. The case of North Macedonia

Alpidis, Konstantinos (2020) Inter-ethnic conflict resolution. The case of North Macedonia. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The current study aims to provide a better and deeper understanding of the relations between the two major ethic groups living in the Republic of North Macedonia before and following the signing and the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, an agreement which is generally viewed as being based on a consociational approach. The purpose of this research is not to see only the roots of nationalism in North Macedonia and how this led to an armed conflict in 2001 and to the signing of the Ohrid Framework agreement but also to examine whether the implementation of a consociation agreement such as the Ohrid Framework Agreement has worked in practice for the country and for the North ╬ťacedonian society. Do we have the creation and development of cross-cutting (as opposed to segmental) cleavages as Arend Lijphart suggests on his work about consociationalism or a divided country? Contrary to other cases in Europe where the Theory of Consociationalism was applied, North Macedonia was not an EU member like Northern Ireland, where we had the Good Friday Agreement nor did the international community appoint a High Representative (as in the case of Bosnia) to oversee the civilian implementation of the Dayton agreement. So by examining the case of North Macedonia we can understand how a consociational approachin a country like North Macedonia can be affected by the lack of a multilateral framework between key outside parties in the original conflict and whether a multilateral framework can be considered important to sustaining functional consociational agreements.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Supervisor's Name: Smith, Professor David and Roach, Dr. Andrew
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Mr. Konstantinos Alpidis
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81603
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 13:57
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2022 10:31
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.81603

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