Mediating the European ideal : cross-border programmes and conflict resolution on the island of Ireland

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Title: Mediating the European ideal : cross-border programmes and conflict resolution on the island of Ireland
Authors: Hayward, Katy
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2339
Date: Sep-2007
Abstract: The designation of state borders as essential lines of division in Europe is disputed by the logic of European integration. But does the actual impact of EU membership quantifiably defuse the conflict potential of these borders? The purpose of this article is to assess the impact of the European Union on the resolution of the conflict in Ireland/Northern Ireland through cross-border activity. The primary data for this research is taken from a series of semi-structured interviews with individuals directly involved in the implementation of EU cross-border programmes. Interviewees include politicians, policymakers, and representatives of the community and voluntary sector – all of whom may be viewed as ‘mediators’ of the European ideal of cross-border cooperation as a means to peace-building. The analysis contained here covers three main dimensions of the EU’s role, namely the conditions, context, and consequences of its approach to the border conflict.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume: 45
Issue: 3
Start page: 675
End page: 693
Copyright (published version): 2007 The Author(s)
Keywords: Conflict resolutionCross-border cooperationEuropean UnionIrelandNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: Conflict management--Northern Ireland
European Union--Influence
Intergovernmental cooperation--Ireland
Intergovernmental cooperation--Northern Ireland
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00723.x
Other versions: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00723.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:IBIS Research Collection

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