Northern Ireland: Consociation or Social Transformation? *

Rupert Taylor

in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599866 | DOI:
 Northern Ireland: Consociation or Social Transformation? *

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Taylor delivers a sustained critique of the consociational institutions in Northern Ireland's Agreement from an integrationist (social transformationist) perspective. He argues that a stable peace requires the rejection of the top‐down approach taken in the Agreement and, instead, the construction from the bottom‐up of a common society through integrated schools, residences, and workplaces, and through the organization of groups in civil society that are dedicated to eroding ethno‐national divisions. He favours a ‘non‐sectarian democratic society in a united ‘New Ireland’.

Keywords: Agreement; civil society; consociation; democracy; institutions; integration; non‐sectarianism; Northern Ireland; social transformation

Chapter.  6343 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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