Consociationalism and its critics: Evidence from the historic Northern Ireland Assembly Election of 2007:

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    Abstract

    Critics of consociational power-sharing institutional arrangements in deeply divided societies argue that such arrangements solidify the underlying conflict cleavage and render it all-important for party competition and voter behaviour. I find evidence to the contrary in the case of voter behaviour at the historic 2007 Assembly election in Northern Ireland. At least in the unionist bloc, I find the effective disappearance of the ethno-national conflict cleavage as a determinant of voter choice. This suggests that consociational arrangements have led to both inclusion and moderation, rather than polarisation and ‘ethnic outbidding’
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)458-466
    Number of pages9
    JournalElectoral Studies
    Volume28
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

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