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Devolution - the Northern Ireland way: an exercise in 'creative ambiguity'

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Knox, CG and Carmichael, Paul (2005) Devolution - the Northern Ireland way: an exercise in 'creative ambiguity'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 23 (1). pp. 63-83. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1068/c0429

Abstract

Devolution in Northern Ireland followed directly from the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday)Agreement which provided, inter alia, for a democratically elected Assembly ``inclusive in itsmembership, capable of exercising executive and legislative authority, and subject to safeguards to protect the rights and interests of all sides of the community''. More than six years on, the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly are in suspension for the fourth time (the latest since October 2002).The conjunction of devolution and the implementation of the Agreement mean that the former is wholly dependent on the vagaries of the latter and, as a consequence, has devalued the potential of devolution to improve the governance of Northern Ireland.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:9088
Deposited By:Professor Colin Knox
Deposited On:02 Feb 2010 08:03
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 11:32

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