Devolution in Northern Ireland/Ulster/the North/Six counties: Delete as appropriate

Peter Shirlow

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The aim of the Agreement and devolution in Northern Ireland is to draw together atavistic political groups in order to promote a consociational accord which upholds minority rights and cultural demands. However, it is important to understand that disagreements between the pro-British and pro-Irish populations remain and that devolution has a multiplicity of political and cultural meanings. Indeed, determining the incapacity of Northern Irish society to shift towards pluralist and less culturally subjective categorizations of belonging and political devotion remains crucially importance. This article argues that devolution is a first, although as yet unclear, step toward a range of future constitutional changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-752
Number of pages10
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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