Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Northern Ireland and the Divided WorldPost-Agreement Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John McGarry

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244340.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 July 2020

From Conflict to Agreement in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Europe

From Conflict to Agreement in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Europe

(p.159) 7 From Conflict to Agreement in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Europe
Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Antony Alcock

Oxford University Press

Compares Northern Ireland with a number of other divided societies in Europe, including South Tyrol, Cyprus, and the Hungarian regions of Romania, Slovakia, and Serbia. It argues that states are unlikely to accommodate minorities if their ethnic kin in neighbouring states pursue irredentist claims. An agreement became acceptable to Northern Ireland's unionists only when the Irish republic removed its constitutional claim to Northern Ireland. Alcock also argues that unionists were able to accept the all‐Ireland institutions in Northern Ireland's Agreement in the context of similar developments in other parts of the European Union. The chapter is an example of ‘linkage’ politics, i.e. it stresses links between exogenous factors and internal politics.

Keywords:   Agreement, constitutional claim, divided societies, Europe, European Union, irredentism, linkage politics, minorities, Unionism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .