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Title

Resolving Nationalist Conflicts: Constructing Overlapping Identities and Pooling Sovereignty--The 1998 Northern Irish Peace Agreement

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Nationalist and ethnic conflicts are a continuing source of tension in the post–Cold War period. The underlying factors affecting such conflicts are threat perception, ethnic security dilemmas, and lack of trust between nationalist/ethnic groups. The challenge is to find solutions to these conflicts. International institutions can establish trust and reduce the ethnic security dilemma by providing multiple forums of representation, promoting overlapping identities, and pooling sovereignty. Pooling sovereignty across a number of international representative bodies leads to increased access to governmental policy making,with each party having a stake in government, and leads to a reduction in political tension and conflict. Thus, international parliamentary institutions may provide a solution to these conflicts. The British-Irish Peace Agreement (Good Friday Agreement) of 1998 is examined as an illustration of this argument.

Publication Date

2001

Publication Title

Political Psychology

Volume

22

Issue

3

Start Page No.

571

End Page No.

599

ISSN

0162-895X

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