Beyond the dominant party system: the transformation of party politics in Northern Ireland

  title={Beyond the dominant party system: the transformation of party politics in Northern Ireland},
  author={Niall {\'O}. Dochartaigh},
  journal={Irish Political Studies},
  pages={7 - 28}
ABSTRACT For almost a century, unionists won a majority of seats in every election to Northern Ireland's regional parliament or assembly. That unbroken run came to an end in March 2017 when unionists became a minority in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time. Much scholarly analysis of this new dispensation characterises it as part of a long-term shift away from the binary politics of ethnonational division and majoritarianism as support grows for parties aligned with neither… 

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