This article reviews the possibility of multi-level voting in Northern Ireland in the wake of the 1998 peace accord. Post-peace accord elections can act as powerful indicators of the fate of a peace. Using Reif and Schmitt’s framework of second-order elections, it finds some evidence of varying electoral behaviour according to the electoral arena. The article also uses original data from a major opinion survey to assess public attitudes towards the suite of governing institutions with powers in or over a devolved Northern Ireland. The evidence of multi-level voting is limited and does not extend to electors abandoning ethnic voting patterns in the new political dispensation. In fact, it is argued that the very nature of the peace process has encouraged a re-entrenchment of exclusive nationalism and unionism.
elections, multi-level voting, Northern Ireland post-peace accord, Protestant-unionist-loyalist bloc, pro-united Ireland Catholic-nationalist-republican bloc
Mac Ginty, Roger
"The Prospect of Multi-Level Voting in Post-Peace Accord Northern Ireland,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 10:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol10/iss2/3