Why Northern Ireland's Institutions Need Stability

Christopher McCrudden, John McGarry, Brendan O’Leary, and Alex Schwartz. "Why Northern Ireland’s Institutions Need Stability." Government and Opposition FirstView (2014): 1-29.

U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 486

30 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2015 Last revised: 20 Nov 2015

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Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

John McGarry

Queen's University - Department of Political Studies

Brendan O'Leary

University of Pennsylvania; Queen's University Belfast; Moore Institute NUI Galway

Alex Schwartz

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Northern Ireland’s consociational institutions were reviewed by a committee of its Assembly in 2012-13. The arguments of both critics and exponents of the arrangements are of general interest to scholars of comparative politics, powersharing and constitutional design. The authors of this article review the debates and evidence on the d’Hondt rule of executive formation, political designation, the likely impact of changing district magnitudes for assembly elections, and existing patterns of opposition and accountability. They evaluate the scholarly, political and legal literature before commending the merits of maintaining the existing system, including the rules under which the system might be modified in future.

Keywords: consociation, powersharing, d'Hondt, Northern Ireland

Suggested Citation

McCrudden, Christopher and McGarry, John and O'Leary, Brendan and Schwartz, Alex, Why Northern Ireland's Institutions Need Stability (2014). Christopher McCrudden, John McGarry, Brendan O’Leary, and Alex Schwartz. "Why Northern Ireland’s Institutions Need Stability." Government and Opposition FirstView (2014): 1-29. ; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 486. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2485290

Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

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John McGarry

Queen's University - Department of Political Studies ( email )

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Brendan O'Leary (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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Queen's University Belfast ( email )

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Moore Institute NUI Galway ( email )

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Ireland

Alex Schwartz

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
China

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