Equality as steady state or equality as threshold? Northern Ireland after the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, 1998

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Title: Equality as steady state or equality as threshold? Northern Ireland after the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, 1998
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4652
Date: May-2010
Abstract: It is possible to identify two starkly opposed positions on the regulation of ethnic conflict.1 On the one hand, there is the view that such conflict is in important part driven by a popular perception of unequal treatment on the basis of ethnic category, such that the equal recognition of opposed ethnic identities, equal institutional opportunities and provisions for cultural expression, equality for opposed national aspirations, and an equalisation of group economic condition allows a diminution of conflict and a moderation of ethnic demands. On the other hand, there is the view that ethnic conflict is primarily elite-driven with elites framing popular grievances in ethnic terms, so that the institutionalisation of ethnic equality and more generally the appeasement of ethnic demands rewards intransigence among leaders and congeals social divisions. Debates on the relative priorities of defeating terrorism or of remedying the grievances of subjected populations refer to precisely these principles, as do debates on the role of egalitarian measures (from affirmative action policies to consociational institutions) in ethnic conflict prevention and regulation.2
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright (published version): 2010, Palgrave Macmillan
Keywords: Ethnic conflict;Equality politics;Inequality
DOI: 10.1057/9780230282131
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Guelke, Adrian (ed.). The Challenges of Ethno-Nationalism : Case Studies in Identity Politics
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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