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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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From Conflict to Agreement in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Europe

From Conflict to Agreement in Northern Ireland: Lessons from Europe

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199244340.003.0007

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

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