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The Northern Ireland ConflictConsociational Engagements$
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John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266573.001.0001

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Introduction: Consociational Theory and Northern Ireland

Introduction: Consociational Theory and Northern Ireland

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction: Consociational Theory and Northern Ireland
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The Northern Ireland Conflict
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John McGarry (Contributor Webpage)

Brendan O'Leary (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266573.003.0001

The chapter is divided into three sections. The first shows what consociationalists can learn from Northern Ireland. The second shows what critics of consociational theory can learn from Northern Ireland. The authors argue that a revised consociational theory provides the most sensible basis for understanding and prescribing for Northern Ireland and similar conflict zones. The third section suggests a number of ways in which Northern Ireland's Agreement may be best stabilised following the uncertainty of the first phase in efforts to implement it (1998-2003)

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, Consociational theory, consociation, Integrationism, the Agreement, d'Hondt, concurrent majority, dual prime ministers

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