The Institutional Design of Executive Formation in Northern Ireland

  title={The Institutional Design of Executive Formation in Northern Ireland},
  author={Joanne Mcevoy},
  journal={Regional \& Federal Studies},
  pages={447 - 464}
  • J. Mcevoy
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Economics
  • Regional & Federal Studies
Abstract The article employs an institutionalist approach to explain the design of executive power sharing under the d'Hondt procedure in the Northern Ireland 1998 Agreement. It argues that the preference for d'Hondt was due to (1) the evolution of proposals from the 1970s and (2) the preferences of the parties for proportional, inclusive and automatic power sharing whereby ministerial seats are allocated subject to party strength in the assembly. The paper considers the processes of structure… 

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