Could compulsory turnout turn out something fresh for Northern Ireland?

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The democratic institutions that were created for Northern Ireland with the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in 1998 have not functioned for some 40% of the ensuing twenty-five years. This is in part because the legislature and executive are dominated by two hardline parties of opposing views, despite the majority of people having more moderate views. This paper argues that serious consideration should be given to changing the means by which members of the Assembly are elected by making turnout in elections compulsory in order to ensure the results better reflect the makeup of NI society.

Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2024


  • Compulsory Turnout
  • Voting
  • Northern Ireland
  • Democracy


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