Adapting consociation to Northern Ireland

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Title: Adapting consociation to Northern Ireland
Authors: Coakley, John
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Date: 12-Mar-2010
Online since: 2010-08-13T13:56:56Z
Abstract: This paper looks at the concept of consociational government (or the principle of fully-fledged power sharing) as it has evolved in recent comparative studies of the politics of divided societies. It describes the stages through which this concept moved to the centre of the political agenda in Northern Ireland, based on contributions by policy makers, academics, journalists and others. It reviews the difficult history of efforts to translate this principle into practice, noting the challenge posed by strong political cultural resistance to any principle other than the majoritarian, Westminister model. It looks at the stages by which powerful objections to consociation—in particular from unionists—gave way to a more matter-of-fact acceptance of this principle, and considers the factors which lay behind this transition.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Discussion Papers : Breaking Patterns of Conflict series; 8
Keywords: ConsociationUnionistsNorthern IrelandPower sharing
Subject LCSH: Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1969-
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: Presentation at the conference “Breaking patterns of conflict: the Irish state, the British dimension and the Northern Ireland conflict”, Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College Dublin, 12 March 2010
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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