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Dimensionality of policy space in consociational Northern Ireland


Garry, John; Matthews, Neil; Wheatley, Jonathan (2016). Dimensionality of policy space in consociational Northern Ireland. Political Studies:1-19.

Abstract

A criticism of consociational power sharing as an institutional response to violent conflict is that it buttresses rather than ameliorates the underlying (linguistic, religious or ethno-national) divide, hence prohibiting the emergence of new dimensions of political competition (such as economic left-right or moral liberal-conservative dimensions) that are characteristic of ‘normal’ societies. We test this argument in the context of the illustrative Northern Ireland case, using data from expert coding of party policy documents and opinion data derived from two Voter Advice Applications (VAAs). We find evidence for a moral liberal-conservative dimension of politics in addition to the ethno-national dimension. Hence, we caution against assuming that consociational polities are unidimensional.

Abstract

A criticism of consociational power sharing as an institutional response to violent conflict is that it buttresses rather than ameliorates the underlying (linguistic, religious or ethno-national) divide, hence prohibiting the emergence of new dimensions of political competition (such as economic left-right or moral liberal-conservative dimensions) that are characteristic of ‘normal’ societies. We test this argument in the context of the illustrative Northern Ireland case, using data from expert coding of party policy documents and opinion data derived from two Voter Advice Applications (VAAs). We find evidence for a moral liberal-conservative dimension of politics in addition to the ethno-national dimension. Hence, we caution against assuming that consociational polities are unidimensional.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (C2D)
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Uncontrolled Keywords:post-conflict democracy; consociation; multidimensional politics; Northern Ireland; liberal- conservative dimension
Language:English
Date:11 May 2016
Deposited On:13 Dec 2016 16:15
Last Modified:02 Jun 2017 20:22
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0032-3217
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321716658917
Official URL:http://psx.sagepub.com
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010627565 (Library Catalogue)

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