Horowitz’s Theory of Ethnic Party Competition and the Case of the SDLP, 1970-79

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    Abstract

    Donald Horowitz's theory of ethnic conflict suggests that a political party operating in a deeply divided society can be effected by a centrifugal pull even when it is not subject to formal electoral competition. This idea can be applied to Northern Ireland's SDLP in the 1970s, when the party faced no credible electoral rival within its primary political constituency. Doing so helps to explain why the SDLP failed in its original objective of mobilizing a cross-community constituency, and instead became what Horowitz terms an “ethnically based party,” representing the interests of only one side of the political divide in Northern Ireland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)549-578
    Number of pages30
    JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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