Consociationalism, regional integration and vote choice

John Garry*

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Abstract

Consociational institutional arrangements in deeply divided societies are often criticised for cementing the underlying conflict cleavage, encouraging the continued dominance of conflict-based party competition and voter behaviour and prohibiting the emergence of 'normal' (that is, non-conflict-based) dimensions of political competition. However, drawing on evidence from a post-election survey at the 2009 Northern Ireland election to the European Parliament, I find that EU issues determined intra-bloc vote choice (at least in the nationalist community). This suggests that there is potential for regional integration projects, such as the EU, to contribute to the normalisation of politics in a consociational system by acting as the source of an externally generated dimension of political competition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-127
Number of pages15
JournalActa Politica
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • consociationalism
  • regional integration
  • voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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