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Consociational theory [electronic resource] : McGarry and O'Leary and the Northern Ireland conflict /
edited by Rupert Taylor.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2009.
description
xiii, 400 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415429137 (hbk.), 9780415429139 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2009.
isbn
0415429137 (hbk.)
9780415429139 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8763691
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
'Power-sharing theory develops from its constructive as well as its negative critics. This volume represents a wonderful continuation of the debate about consociational (power-sharing) theory. This theory had already undergone significant changes by some of the scholars who reformulated it in political science in the 1960s and the 1970s including Gerhard Lehmbruch, Jürg Steiner, Luc Huyse, and myself. I am very pleased that this superb new book, focused on the work of John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary, continues to debate highly significant adjustments and refinements. It is a splendid milestone in the development of consociational theory.' Arend Lijphart, Research Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego 'Rupert Taylor has put together a set of essays that crystallize the controversies surrounding consociationalism. This is bound to be an important and controversial collection.' Donald L. Horowitz, James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University 'A timely, stimulating, and well-written exchange. Consociational Theory offers an illuminating debate about the value of power-sharing as the answer to Northern Ireland's divisions, and, more broadly, to other societies entertaining power-sharing as a solution to deep divisions. It should be read by lay readers and specialists alike.' Michael MacDonald, Professor of Political Science, Williams College, Massachusetts
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Consociational power-sharing is increasingly gaining ground, right around the world, as a means for resolving political conflict in divided societies. In this volume, edited by Rupert Taylor, nineteen internationally-respected scholars engage in a lively debate about the merits of the theory underlying this approach.By focusing specifically on one of the leading cases under the global spotlight: the Northern Ireland conflict, the volume brings together the leading proponents and opponents of consociational theory and conflict resolution. The move from war to peace in Northern Ireland, underpinned by the forging and implementation of the historic Belfast Agreement (1998), has increasingly been seen to represent a strong consociational case - and to therefore represent best practice for engineering democratic stability. However, as this volume interrogates: on what grounds, and to what extent, can such a positive reading be upheld?Taken as a whole, this volume, structured as a symposium around the highly-influential argument of John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary, offers comparative, engaging, and critical insight into how political theory can contribute to the creation of a better world.Consociational Theory is an important text for anyone with an interest in political theory, conflict resolution and Irish politics
Bowker Data Service Summary
Consociational theory explains how democratic stability is possible in culturally or ethnically segmented political systems. This volume brings together the leading proponents and opponents of consociational theory and conflict resolution.
Main Description
Consociational power sharing is increasingly gaining ground, right around the world, as a means for resolving political conflict in divided societies. In this volume, edited by Rupert Taylor, nineteen internationally-respected scholars engage in a lively debate about the merits of the theory underlying this approach. The volume focuses specifically on one of the leading cases under the global spotlight, the Northern Ireland conflict, and brings together the most prominent proponents and opponents of consociationalism. Northern Ireland's transition from war to peace is seen by consociationalists as flowing from the historic Belfast Agreement of 1998, and specifically from the Agreement's consociational framework. The Northern Ireland case is marketed by consociationalists as representing best practice, and as providing a template for ending conflicts in other parts of the world. However, as this volume interrogates, on what grounds, and to what extent, can such a positive reading be upheld? Taken as a whole, this volume, structured as a symposium around the highly-influential argument of John McGarry and Brendan O'Leary, offers comparative, engaging, and critical insight into how political theory can contribute to the creation of a better world. Consociational Theoryis an important text for anyone with an interest in political theory, conflict resolution in divided societies, or Irish politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Promise of Consociational Theory
Argument
Power Shared after the Death of Thousands
Commentaries
Recognition, Equality, Difference: Achieving Democracy in Northern Ireland
Consociationalism and the Wider Peace Process
Peace by Design? Towards "Complex Power Sharing"
Implementing Consociation in Northern Ireland
Ethnic Party Competition and the Dynamics of Power-Sharing in Northern Ireland
Consociationalism and the Creation of a Shared Future for Northern Ireland
Consociational Government: Inside the Northern Ireland Executive
In Search of the Consociational "Spirit of Accommodation"
A Culture of Power-Sharing
From Consociationalism to Interculturalism
Squaring some Vicious Circles: Transforming the Political in Northern Ireland
Sunningdale for Slow Learners? Towards a Complexity Paradigm
Progressive Integration (and Accommodation, too)
Ways of Seeing? Consociationalism and Constitutional Law Theory
Debating the Agreement: Beyond a Communalist Dynamic?
The Injustice of a Consociational Solution to the Northern Ireland Problem
Response
Under Friendly and Less Friendly Fire
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