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Decentralization as a Conflict-Resolution Mechanism on Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: Panacea or Poison?

Çakın, B. (2017) Decentralization as a Conflict-Resolution Mechanism on Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: Panacea or Poison?

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Abstract:Decentralization is an effective conflict resolution mechanism widely used in the countries where ethnic conflicts are experienced. However, the success chance of decentralization is highly dependent on country-specific conditions. In the light of existing theoretical considerations, this study explores the use of decentralization as a conflict resolution mechanism on Kurdish Conflict in Turkey. The research question of “To what extent can decentralization be utilized as a conflict resolution mechanism on Kurdish Conflict in Turkey?” is designed to explore the capacity of decentralization to bring peace in Kurdish Conflict through qualitative content analysis and case study approach. The analysis is constructed in the framework of two theoretical concepts, which are decentralization and conflict resolution, in order to obtain a better insight to the role of decentralization on the solution of Kurdish Conflict. On the basis of conducted analysis, this thesis reveals that decentralization as a conflict resolution mechanism can be used on Kurdish Conflict as an alternative and peaceful model across security-based measurements when an appropriate design is provided. However, institutional design of decentralization and regional dynamics in the Middle East can be considered as possible threats in terms of the success of an ideal decentralization model.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71782
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