This book is a comparative analysis of power sharing agreements and peace processes in Northern Ireland and Lebanon, examining parallel journeys both societies took through power sharing to civil war, returning to power sharing again. It criticises and builds on the consociational democracy literature and takes an international perspective, arguing that the external states with an interest in these ethno-national conflicts largely determined the outcome of their power sharing accords. It evaluates and contrasts the imposition of power sharing as a means to regulate ethnic conflict in a democratic environment with a non-democratic one.
What makes the book unique is its ability to compare for the first time in print the ethnic conflicts and power-sharing agreements in both countries. The sources used are based on exclusive access in the UK, Ireland and Lebanon with over 125 interviews conducted for the book. This timely publication brings the situation in both parts of the world up to date and evaluates the costs and benefits of external intervention in divided societies by regional or international powers.
Table of Contents
3. From Containment to Regulation
4. The Good Friday Agreement
5. A National Pact
7. The Ta’if Agreement
8. Imposing Power Sharing
About the Author
Michael Kerr is a Tutorial Fellow in the London School of Economics and Political Science’s International History Department, where he completed his PhD in 2003. He has also worked for the UUP since 1999, was involved in both the party’s 2001 and 2005 general election campaigns and has been its Westminster Officer for the past two years.