The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Engagements

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This book collects some of the major essays by two of the leading authorities on the Northern Ireland conflict. It is unified by the theory of consociation, one of the most influential theories in the regulation of conflicts. The authors are critical exponents of the approach, and several chapters explain its attractions over alternative forms of conflict regulation. The book explains why Northern Ireland's national divisions have made the achievement of a consociational agreement particularly difficult.

The issues raised in the book are crucial to a proper understanding of Northern Ireland's past and future, which, the authors argue, is likely to involve some type of consociational democracy, whether or not the one agreed to on Good Friday 1998.

The issues addressed are not particular to Northern Ireland. They are relevant to a host of other divided territories, including Cyprus, Kossovo, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria , and Afghanistan. The book is therefore vital reading not just for Northern Ireland specialists but for anyone interested in consociation and in the just and durable regulation of national and ethnic conflict.

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"While articulating an overall commitment to consociational theory, McGarry and O'Leary make important advances by considering the possibilities of "coerced consociationalism" in the context of Northern Ireland. With considerable comparative discussion of other theoretical approaches, the authors have produced an essential addition to the literature."—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199266579
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2004
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Queens University

University of Pennsylvania

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Table of Contents

Introduction, John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary
1. The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Statecraft or Folly, Brendan O'Leary
2. The Limits to Coercive Consociationalism in Northern Ireland, Brendan O'Leary
3. Comparing Northern Ireland, John McGarry
4. Five Fallacies: Northern Ireland and the Liabilities of Liberalism, John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary
5. The Conservative Stewardship of Northern Ireland 1979-97: Sound-Bottomed Contradictions or Slow Learning, Brendan O'Leary
6. Political Settlements in Northern Ireland and South Africa, John McGarry
7. The Nature of the Agreement, Brendan O'Leary
8. Globalization, European Integration, and the Northern Ireland Conflict, John McGarry
9. Democracy in Northern Ireland, John McGarry
10. The Protection of Human Rights Under the Belfast Agreement, Brendan O'Leary
11. Policing Reform in Northern Ireland, John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary

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