European Journal of Law Reform

Article

Reducing Ethnic Conflict in Guyana through Political Reform

Keywords Guyana, race, ethnic conflict, political power, constitutional reform
Authors Nicola Pierre
Author's information

Nicola Pierre
Nicola Pierre is Commissioner of Title and Land Court Judge in Guyana.
  • Abstract

      This article discusses using constitutional reform to reduce ethnic conflict in Guyana. I start by exploring the determinants of ethnic conflict. I next examine Guyana’s ethnopolitical history to determine what factors led to political alignment on ethnic lines and then evaluate the effect of the existing political institutions on ethnic conflict. I close with a discussion on constitutional reform in which I consider a mix of consociationalist, integrative, and power-constraining mechanisms that may be effective in reducing ethnic conflict in Guyana’s ethnopolitical circumstances.

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