Between Conflict and Peace: An Analysis of the Complex Consequences of the Good Friday Agreement

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Abstract

In the two decades since signing, the GFA continues to generate acrimonious debate over whether it has brought about sustainable peace or fomented weak and sectarian governance institutions. In this article, I review the formation and outworking of the GFA. In so doing, I go beyond either/or analyses of the GFA to identify the complex forms of political agency it has generated not necessarily envisioned by the Agreement’s architects. I draw particular attention to the ways in which the central support beams of the Agreement – consociationalism and Europeanisation – have gradually become weakened to threaten the sustainability of power–sharing institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-416
Number of pages22
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Volume71
Issue number2
Early online date3 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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Keywords

  • Good Friday Agreement
  • Northern Ireland
  • Consociationalism
  • Brexit
  • Devolution

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