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Northern Ireland and the Divided WorldPost-Agreement Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective$
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John McGarry

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244340.001.0001

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Northern Ireland and Island Status

Northern Ireland and Island Status

(p.228) 10 Northern Ireland and Island Status
Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Adrian Guelke

Oxford University Press

Compares Northern Ireland with Cyprus, Puerto Rico, Corsica, East Timor, and Sri Lanka. Guelke argues that the fact that Northern Ireland is a partitioned part of an island helps explain why the international community tends to favour a united Ireland. This is because there is an international norm that islands, as natural units, should be under one jurisdiction. International support for the Agreement can be explained, according to Guelke, by its inclusion of all‐island political institutions. Any attempt to weaken these will result in reduced international support.

Keywords:   Agreement, international community, international norms, Ireland, island status, jurisdiction, Northern Ireland, political institutions

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