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Making Peace with Referendums

Cyprus and Northern Ireland

Joana Amaral (author)

ISBN: 9780815636427

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Referendums have become an undeniably important, and perhaps inescapable, peacemaking tool. As such, understanding the ways in which referendum outcomes are shaped by peace negotiations is vital. Drawing on two case studies, Amaral presents a rich comparative analysis of the Annan Plan in Cyprus and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.
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Referendums have become an undeniably important, and perhaps inescapable, peacemaking tool in contemporary peace processes. As such, understanding the ways in which referendum outcomes are shaped by peace negotiations is vital. Drawing upon two case studies, Amaral presents an empirically rich comparative analysis of the Annan Plan in Cyprus and the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. She examines the negotiations, offering new interview material with key political and civil figures involved in the peace negotiations and referendum campaigns in both cases. Amaral argues that referendums are unsuitable for traditional secretive and exclusionist peace negotiations that fail to engage and educate the public. They rather require inclusive negotiations that involve a broad spectrum of political stakeholders and civil society at the early stages of the process. This collaborative approach can allow referendums to positively shape societies in conflict and be a crucial step toward lasting peace.
Pages 192
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Series Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution
Subject/s Political science & theory   Systems of law   International relations  
Joana Amaral is a research fellow at the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg in Germany.

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