Stop-Go Democracy: The Peace Process in Northern Ireland Revisited

Cochrane, Feargal (2006) Stop-Go Democracy: The Peace Process in Northern Ireland Revisited. In: Democracy Conflict and Human Security: Further Readings. International IDEA, Stockholm, pp. 78-94. ISBN 91-85391-75-1. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Political conflict and community sectarianism have plagued Northern Ireland’s society for several generations. The Good Friday Agreement (GFA)of April was seen by many to be an end-point to this particular period of instability and to herald a new beginning for the region based on a carefully constructed range of institutions based on power sharing between the unionists and the nationalists, negotiated through inclusive consensus.This study seeks to examine the problems and difficulties that emerged after the GFA and will attempt to answer the questions: What went wrong? and Why has this peace process experienced difficulties and setbacks during the implementation phase? The study will try to illustrate what problems have emerged in the attempts to implement the institutions of the GFA and explain the wider reasons behind these and why they have become such difficult sticking points in the peace process.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Northern Ireland, political violence, peace process
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Feargal Cochrane
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 13:03 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 10:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37443 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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