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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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The Nature of the Agreement

The Nature of the Agreement

(p.260) 9 The Nature of the Agreement
The Northern Ireland Conflict

John McGarry (Contributor Webpage)

Brendan O'Leary (Contributor Webpage)

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The chapter provides a comprehensive constitutional and political evaluation of the Agreement of 1998. It explains that the Agreement is consistent with the four central pillars of consociational democracy, but it also addressed the self-determination dispute at the heart of the conflict through a number of complex federal and confederal elements, involving both parts of Ireland, and Ireland and Great Britain. The chapter has an appendix which explains the d'Hondt formula used for executive appointment.

Keywords:   the Agreement, power-sharing, proportionality, autonomy, veto rights, confederation, federation, decommissioning, demilitarisation, police reform, prisoner release, double protection

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