The Nature of the Agreement

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 Nature of the Agreement

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The chapter provides a comprehensive constitutional and political evaluation of the Agreement of 1998. It explains that the Agreement is consistent with the four central pillars of consociational democracy, but it also addressed the self-determination dispute at the heart of the conflict through a number of complex federal and confederal elements, involving both parts of Ireland, and Ireland and Great Britain. The chapter has an appendix which explains the d'Hondt formula used for executive appointment.

Keywords: the Agreement; power-sharing; proportionality; autonomy; veto rights; confederation; federation; decommissioning; demilitarisation; police reform; prisoner release; double protection

Chapter.  13706 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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