A Deliberative Forum on Possible Reforms to Power-Sharing

Sean Haughey, Jamie Pow

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement has been marked by debate about the sustainability of the power-sharing institutions. This paper reports on the findings of a small-scale citizens' assembly – a deliberative forum – which brought together a broadly representative sample of people from across Northern Ireland, to ascertain citizens' views on: maintaining the current power- sharing system; replacing the present system with a government formation system based purely on negotiation between political parties; or, replacing the current system with a government formation system based on both negotiation and cross-community inclusion. The findings assist in better understanding public attitudes towards the status quo and potential alternative government formation models. Importantly, they shed light on the reasons behind these attitudes and the process by which any potential reform(s) could come about.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNorthern Ireland Assembly
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2023


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