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The Belfast Agreement and the British‐Irish Agreement: Consociation, Confederal Institutions, a Federacy, and a Peace Process

Brendan O'Leary

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246467.003.0012

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 The Belfast Agreement and the British‐Irish Agreement: Consociation, Confederal Institutions, a Federacy, and a Peace Process

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Reviews the political processes that led to the multi‐party and intergovernmental agreement reached in Belfast on 10 April 1998 (the ‘Good Friday Agreement’), and to the subsequent British–Irish Agreement of 1999. It then examines the details of the understandings arrived at. The story raises some interesting political science questions for formal theorists and comparative analysts regarding the nature of coalition government, the bargaining processes for allocating ministerial portfolios, and variations in consociational executive practice around the world.

Keywords: consociationalism; Good Friday Agreement; Northern Ireland

Chapter.  25959 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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