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Title Cyprus: Political Modernity and the Structures of Democracy in a Divided Island

Democracy and subnational democracy in Cyprus are fractured along social and political lines largely because of the enduring ethnic conflict. Political modernity, democractic institutions and pluralism did not fully develop due to a lack of representative institutions during the later part of the British period (1931-1960) and because of the ‘Cyprus Problem’ (in its various phases since the 1950s). De facto, Cyprus was partitioned into two zones in 1974: in the south the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus functions on the 1960 constitution, although in reality it exists within the context of various states of exception; in the north the internationally unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus functions on its own constitution, although it really exists within the authority of the Turkish government and army. Thus, Cyprus is a unique case within the European Union: ethnic conflict has snaked its way into both the institutions and articulation of democracy, fracturing the development of political modernity, especially democracy and pluralism, at the national and sub-national levels.

Primary author
Andrekos Varnava