Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States

Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States

by John D. Ciorciari


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In fragile states, domestic and international actors sometimes take the momentous step of sharing sovereign authority to provide basic public services and build the rule of law. While sovereignty sharing can help address gaps in governance, it is inherently difficult, risking redundancy, confusion over roles, and feuds between partners when their interests diverge.

In Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States, John D. Ciorciari sheds light on how and why these extraordinary joint ventures are created, designed, and implemented. Based on extensive field research in several countries and more than 150 interviews with senior figures from governments, the UN, donor states, and civil society, Ciorciari discusses when sovereignty sharing may be justified and when it is most likely to achieve its aims. The two, he argues, are closely related: perceived legitimacy and continued political and popular support are keys to success.

This book examines a diverse range of sovereignty-sharing arrangements, including hybrid criminal tribunals, joint policing arrangements, and anti-corruption initiatives, in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Lebanon, Timor-Leste, Guatemala, and Liberia. Ciorciari provides the first comparative assessment of these remarkable attempts to repair ruptures in the rule of law-the heart of a well-governed state.

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ISBN-13: 9781503613669
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 392,713
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John D. Ciorciari is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Gerald R. Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction

1: Justifying Shared Sovereignty

2: How Political Foundations Affect Performance

3: Partnering to Prosecute War Crimes

4: Compromising on Hybrid Justice

5: Imposing a Mixed Tribunal

6: Sharing Sovereignty in the Streets

7: Contracting for Criminal Investigation

8: Cosigning to Curb Corruption

9: The Path Ahead

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