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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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Making the Transition from Hegemonic Regime to Power‐Sharing: Northern Ireland and Canada in Historical Perspective

Making the Transition from Hegemonic Regime to Power‐Sharing: Northern Ireland and Canada in Historical Perspective

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(p.209) 9 Making the Transition from Hegemonic Regime to Power‐Sharing: Northern Ireland and Canada in Historical Perspective
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Northern Ireland and the Divided World
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S. J. R. Noel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199244340.003.0009

Compares Northern Ireland with prosperous and peaceful Canada. It shows that Canada's relative tranquillity was not inevitable but owes much to the development of consociational practices by its English and French Canadian elites. Noel argues that if consociationalism is to work in Northern Ireland, its elites must also embrace a consociational bargain, a desire to compromise. He sees limited evidence of this, and is sceptical of the Agreement's prospects. The chapter is a useful reminder that it is possible to support consociationalism normatively, while recognizing that it remains a difficult system to operate, particularly in sites of profound polarization.

Keywords:   Agreement, Canada, consociational bargain, consociationalism, elites, norms, Northern Ireland, polarization

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