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Inside the Politics of Self-Determination$
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Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199364909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364909.001.0001

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(p.168) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Inside the Politics of Self-Determination

Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham

Oxford University Press

The conclusion of the book restates the central argument and findings and highlights what they tell us about the politics of self-determination. It includes a discussion of four implications of this research for conflict management of these disputes. First, states should be careful in pursuing a #amp;#x201C;divide-and-rule#amp;#x201D; strategy in bargaining with SD groups because this strategy can lead to a higher probability of protracted civil conflict. Second, rather than focusing exclusively on comprehensive settlement, states should consider using more limited accommodation as part of a long-term strategy for resolving these disputes. Third, actors should be hesitant to evaluate the short-term success of accommodation solely on whether it prevents or resolves civil war. Fourth, while democracies may be somewhat more likely to successfully manage these disputes on average, there is significant variation within democracies and autocracies that will affect the degree to which either can do so.

Keywords:   self-determination, civil war, bargaining, conflict management, democracy, autocracy, SD group

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