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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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Five Fallacies: Northern Ireland and the Liabilities of Liberalism

Five Fallacies: Northern Ireland and the Liabilities of Liberalism

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(p.167) 5 Five Fallacies: Northern Ireland and the Liabilities of Liberalism
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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:10.1093/0199266573.003.0005

This chapter criticizes five popular arguments central to the thinking of liberal integrationists: (i) extremist political and religious elites are responsible for conflicts; (ii) conflicts have fundamental economic and material foundations; (iii) conflicts flow from archaic religious and non-religious political cultures; (iv) segregation is the key social and structural cause of conflict; and (v) individual discrimination is the primary motor of conflict. The authors insist instead on the ethno-national nature of the conflict and the need for appropriate political means to address this.

Keywords:   liberalism, Northern Ireland, segregation, discrimination, materialism, elite manipulation, archaic cultures

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