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Citizen Preferences about Border Arrangements in Divided Societies: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Northern Ireland

Morgan-Jones, Edward, Sudulich, Laura, Cochrane, Feargal, Loizides, Neophytos (2020) Citizen Preferences about Border Arrangements in Divided Societies: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Northern Ireland. Research and Politics, 7 (3). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2053-1680. (doi:10.1177/2053168020929927) (KAR id:80958)

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Abstract

Border arrangements are often critical to the successful negotiation of peace settlements and the broader politics of post-conflict societies. However, developing an understanding of popular preferences about these arrangements is difficult using traditional surveys. To address this problem, we use a conjoint survey experiment to assess preferences about post-Brexit border arrangements in Northern Ireland. We map areas of convergence and divergence in the preferences about post-Brexit border arrangements of unionist and nationalist communities, simulate the degree of public support for politically plausible outcomes and identify the border arrangements that both communities can agree upon. In so doing, we outline an empirical approach to understanding public preferences about border arrangements that can be used to understand the degree of support for similar institutional arrangements in other divided societies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/2053168020929927
Uncontrolled keywords: Borders, Northern Ireland, survey experiment, divided societies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80958 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Morgan-Jones, Edward: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0231-5156
Sudulich, Laura: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4337-1576
Cochrane, Feargal: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2766-3547
Loizides, Neophytos: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0327-4643
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