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Constitutional referendums and ethno-national conflict: The case of Northern Ireland

Mac Ginty, R. (2003) Constitutional referendums and ethno-national conflict: The case of Northern Ireland. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 9 (2). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1353-7113

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Abstract

This piece reviews the utility of constitutional referendums in ethnonational conflicts. It concentrates on Northern Ireland, where calls for a constitutional referendum have been made in the wake of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Although the Agreement has significant consensual and consociational elements, its provision for a constitutional referendum on Northern Ireland's sovereignty means that the Agreement cannot form the basis for a definitive settlement. Instead, constitutional politics have been re-energized. Using data from a survey of public attitudes, it finds that a binary choice constitutional referendum is unlikely to lead to a satisfactory outcome.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2009 13:53
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2009 13:53
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13537110412331301395
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/13537110412331301395
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7072

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