The Northern Ireland Conflict:Consociational Engagements: Consociational Engagements

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OUP Oxford, Mar 18, 2004 - Political Science - 448 pages
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This book collects some of the major essays, past and new, of two of the leading authorities on the Northern Ireland conflict. It is unified by the theory of consociation, one of the most influential theories in the regulation of conflicts. The authors are critical exponents of the approach, and several chapters explain its attractions over alternative forms of conflict regulation. The book explains why Northern Ireland's national divisions have made the achievement of aconsociational agreement particularly difficult. The issues raised in the book are crucial to a proper understanding of Northern Ireland's past and future, which, the authors argue, is likely to involve some type of consociational democracy, whether or not the one agreed to on Good Friday ..... The issuesaddressed are not particular to Northern Ireland. They are relevant to a host of other divided territories, including Cyprus, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. The book is therefore vital reading not just for Northern Ireland specialists, but also for anyone interested in consociation and in the just and durable regulation of national and ethnic conflict.

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John McGarry is at Professor of Political Studies and Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy, Queens University, Ontario, Canada. Brendan O'Leary is at Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania.

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