Ethnic conflict and its resolution : the new Northern Ireland model

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Title: Ethnic conflict and its resolution : the new Northern Ireland model
Authors: Coakley, John
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2173
Date: 2001
Abstract: The agreement reached between the British and Irish governments and the Northern Irish political parties in April 1998 was a complex and subtle political document that built on experience in other societies and that itself has some capacity to serve as a model for others. This paper begins by examining the nature of the problem that the new settlement is designed to resolve, commenting briefly on the extent to which it shares common features with other cases of ethnic conflict. It proceeds by describing the contours of the process by which a successful accommodation was arrived at, and concludes with an analysis of the central features of the settlement. In addition to their three-part constitutional core, these included wide ranging compromises in the areas of equality and citizenship, rights, reform of policing and of the criminal justice system, prisoner release, and demilitarisation and decommis-sioning of paramilitary weapons.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2001
Keywords: Ethnic conflict;Northern Ireland;Good Friday agreement
Subject LCSH: Ethnic conflict--Ireland
Ethnic conflict--Northern Ireland
Great Britain. Treaties, etc. Ireland, 1998 Apr. 10
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at the Colloquium of the Research Commit-tee on Politics and Ethnicity of the International Political Science Association, Pa-tiala, India, 6-8 January 2000.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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