Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Paula M. Pickering
Rani D. Mullen
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.
Abdel-Fattah, Dina, "The Comparative Effect of Minority Vetoes on Shared Governance in Post-Conflict Consociational Societies: Case Studies of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 758.
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