The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Folly or Statecraft?

John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary

in The Northern Ireland Conflict

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266579
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601446 | DOI:
The Anglo-Irish Agreement: Folly or Statecraft?

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The chapter analyses the significance of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, and using research and interview material critically assesses explanations as to why it was signed. It evaluates the consequences of the Agreement (up to 12 July 1986) and considers the prospects for its survival. The article provides a normative defence of the Agreement, including its provisions for the promotion of a consociational settlement.

Keywords: Anglo-Irish Agreement; coercive power-sharing; Anglo-Irish co-operation; consociation

Chapter.  14876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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