The business of building peace: Private sector cooperation across the Irish border

Katy Hayward*, Eoin Magennis

*Corresponding author for this work

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The sustainability of cross-border peacebuilding initiatives is increasingly pertinent in a context of reduced public funding (national and European), yet the potential contribution to be made to this from private sector cooperation remains under-explored. This paper brings together quantitative data on cross-border trade with qualitative evidence from business leaders in the Irish border region in order to examine the nature of cross-border cooperation within the private sector and its possible connections to peacebuilding. This evidence is analysed in the light of three theses: spillover, contact and business-based peacebuilding. The first part of this paper assesses the conditions for cross-border business cooperation in Ireland, including funding support for economic development, European integration, and (post-Agreement) institutional change. The second part examines the particular contributions made by the private sector to peace, centring upon consciously non-political motivations (such as pragmatism and profit), networking and leadership.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBreaking Patterns of Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationBritain, Ireland and the Northern Ireland Question
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781317671954
ISBN (Print)9781138780286
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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