Section: Seminar Series

The Malleability of Power-Sharing: Macedonia's Opportunity for a New Social Contract - Kurt Bassuener (University of St Andrews)

Centre for Law and Society
Date and Time
1st Feb 2018 16:15 - 1st Feb 2018 18:00
Neil MacCormick Room (9.01), DHT
Kurt Bassuener: “The Malleability of Power-Sharing – Macedonia's Opportunity for a New Social Contract“

Abstract: Macedonia recently exited a political crisis that was ongoing for over two years, now having an avowedly reformist governing coalition led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The Ohrid Framework Agreement, arrived at following a conflict in 2001 between an ethnic Albanian insurgency and the government, stipulated power-sharing and decentralization to allow an accommodation and greater integration among Macedonia's ethnic Albanian majority and ethnic Albanian minority. But how did this work in practice? And how might it be recalibrated after almost a decade of a political duopoly of former Prime Minsiter Nikola Gruevski's VMRO-DPMNE and former militant Ali Ahmeti's DUI, which gelled into a feudal arrangement and division of patronage, with increasing authoritarian governance?  

Kurt Bassuener, PhD candidate at the University of St. Andrews, Fulbright Scholar, and co-founder of the Democratization Policy Council ( recently conducted his fieldwork in Macedonia; his dissertation will compare the function and incentive structures in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (where he worked 2005-2016) under the Dayton constitution. His provisional conclusion: that in Macedonia, it is possible to change the system through the system, while in BiH, this is practically impossible. The open question is whether the Zaev government, which includes DUI as a coalition partner, aims to change or simply control the system.


This event is free and open to all, no registration required. 

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