The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Engagements

Hardcover | November 8, 2004

byJohn Mcgarry, Brendan OLeary

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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 a consociational agreement particularly difficult. The issues raised in the book are crucial to a proper understandingof 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 issues addressed 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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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 ...

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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:November 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199266573

ISBN - 13:9780199266579

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Table of Contents

1. John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary: Introduction: Consociational Theory and Northern Ireland2. Brendan O'Leary: The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Folly or Statecraft?3. Brendan O'Leary: The Limits to Coercive Consociationalism in Northern Ireland4. John McGarry: Comparing Northern Ireland5. John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary: Five Fallacies: Northern Ireland and the Liabilities of Liberalism6. Brendan O'Leary: The Labour Government and Northern Ireland, 1974-97. Brendan O'Leary: The Conservative Stewardship of Northern Ireland 1979-97: Sound-Bottomed Contradictions or Slow Learning?8. John McGarry: Political Settlements in Northern Ireland and South Africa9. Brendan O'Leary: The Nature of the Agreement10. John McGarry: Globalization, European Integration, and the Northern Ireland Conflict11. John McGarry: 'Democracy' in Northern Ireland: Experiments in Self-rule from the Protestant Ascendancy to the Good Friday Agreement12. Brendan O'Leary: The Protection of Human Rights Under the Belfast Agreement13. John McGarry: The Politics of Policing Reform in Northern IrelandBibliography of Writings by John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary on Irish Politics, 1985-2003