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Author Little, Adrian, 1969-

Title Democracy and Northern Ireland : beyond the liberal paradigm? / Adrian Little.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.9416 LITT    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 210 pages ; 23cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Explaining the Belfast Agreement -- 2. Political liberalism -- 3. Multiculturalism and the politics of difference -- 4. Deliberative democracy and democratic communication -- 5. Social capital, trust and civil society -- 6. Feminism and the politics of difference -- 7. Radical democracy.
Summary "Northern Ireland has witnessed considerable change in the last ten years, most notably with the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998. Strangely, political theorists have contributed little to the ensuing debates on these developments. Democracy and Northern Ireland examines recent events in Northern Irish politics from the standpoint of democratic theory. It analyses the dominant interpretations of democracy such as political liberalism, multi-culturalism, and deliberative democracy, and finds them unsatisfactory in dealing with the complexities of Northern Irish Politics. Adrian Little contends that, despite some limitations, civil society theory and feminism offer more pertinent understandings of democracy. Building on these approaches, Little suggests that we need to develop a more radical democratic position which recognises the nature of antagonism in Northern Ireland and engenders a 'conflictual consensus'."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Liberalism -- Northern Ireland.
Multiculturalism -- Northern Ireland.
Democracy -- Northern Ireland.
Social capital (Sociology) -- Northern Ireland.
Civil society -- Northern Ireland.
ISBN 1403912483 (cloth)