Path-dependence in settlement processes : explaining settlement in Northern Ireland

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Title: Path-dependence in settlement processes : explaining settlement in Northern Ireland
Authors: Ruane, Joseph
Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2423
Date: Jun-2007
Abstract: The recent literature on path dependence provides a model that can be used in explanation of ethnic conflict and settlement processes. Using Northern Ireland as a case study, this article identifies path dependent patterns of conflict embedded in long-term processes of political development whose change may interrupt these patterns. It highlights the importance of long-term state trajectories in constituting and reproducing these patterns, the generation of ‘endogenous’ processes of change and the impact of wider geopolitical processes in strengthening these. It shows how and why factors such as power, perception, networks and institutions vary in their impact on conflict and explains when they work together to produce settlement.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing
Copyright (published version): 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation 2007 Political Studies Association
Keywords: Ethnic conflict;Settlement;Path dependence;Northern Ireland;Good Friday Agreement;Longue durée processes;Power stalemate;Critical junctures;Lock-in;Endogenous change
Subject LCSH: Ethnic conflict--Northern Ireland
Peace-building--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Politics and government
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2007.00623.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
IBIS Research Collection

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