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The Comparative Effect of Minority Vetoes on Shared Governance in Post-Conflict Consociational Societies: Case Studies of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon

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Author: Abdel-Fattah, Dina
Advisor: Pickering, Paula M. (Paula May), 1966-
Committee Members: Mullen, Rani D., 1967-; Rafeq, Abdul-Karim
Issued Date: 2010-05-25
Subjects: Consociationalism
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/2071
Description: This thesis is primarily a study of the effect of consociational arrangements on shared governance in post-conflict societies. Specifically, I look into how the formality of minority vetoes in consociational parliaments affects the level of inter-ethnoreligious political party cooperation in the legislative process. My two case studies, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon, were chosen based on the presence of formal (written) or informal (implicit) minority vetoes in their consociational parliaments, respectively. I find that the formality of a minority veto does in fact play a role in differentiating the legislative processes in these two consociational governments, such that Bosnia-Herzegovina suffers more legislative inefficiency in comparison to Lebanon.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in International Relations

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