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Intergovernmental relations and political parties in Northern Ireland

Birrell, Derek (2012) Intergovernmental relations and political parties in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 14 (2). pp. 270-284. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00503.x


Intergovernmental relations (IGR) as a political principle and a mechanism of governance have played a major and distinctive role in Northern Ireland's political and constitutional development. This distinctiveness is apparent in the interpretation and scope of IGR, in party representation in intergovernmental fora and in the meaning and context of party incongruence. This article seeks to analyse the development and nature of IGR since the restoration of devolved government in 1999 but particularly since 2007, in light of this distinctiveness. It sets out the wide range and nature of the processes and institutions of IGR involving the Northern Ireland government and its form of consociational representation. The article then examines how the different political parties have engaged in IGR.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:22349
Deposited By: Ms Sharon McKee
Deposited On:31 May 2012 17:31
Last Modified:31 May 2012 17:31

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