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Northern Ireland: Europeanisation breakthrough

Boyka Stefanova

in The Europeanisation of Conflict Resolutions

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083396
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083396.003.0004
Northern Ireland: Europeanisation breakthrough

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This chapter presents a case study on the role of the European Union (EU) in the conflict resolution of Northern Ireland. It describes the incremental nature of establishing a role for European integration in the conflict resolution process through policy tools, resources and political opportunities and analyses the role of EU institutions in inducing change in the domestic political opportunity structure conducive to intercommunal reconciliation. The analysis reveals that European integration has produced significant long-term transformative effects by enhancing communication, societal interaction and interest disaggregation.

Keywords: European Union; conflict resolution; Northern Ireland; European integration; policy tools; political opportunities; intercommunal reconciliation; societal interaction; interest disaggregation

Chapter.  15481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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