International Negotiations and Plural Societies: The Cases of Estonia and Tatarstan

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Multi-ethnic societies create special contexts for international negotiations. Chief governmental officers (CGOs), domestic constituencies, and public protest may affect both the nature of agreements and the domestic structures of regimes. Employing a two-level negotiations perspective, the role of third parties and the ability of CGOs to modify domestic constituencies is highlighted. The contraction of participation and the cooptation of nationalism by CGOs distinguishes these cases which involve plural societies from other international negotiations.

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