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    Public attitudes to referendums on Irish unification in Northern Ireland: evidence from an online consultation

    Renwick, A. and Nadia, D. and Kelly, Conor and Kincaid, C. (2022) Public attitudes to referendums on Irish unification in Northern Ireland: evidence from an online consultation. Irish Political Studies , ISSN 0790-7184.

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    Abstract

    Debate on Irish unification has increased in recent years, yet public attitudes on the processes that might lead to it are underexplored. This article examines the results of an online public consultation carried out in Northern Ireland in the summer of 2020 on how any future referendums on the unification question would best be conducted. It shows that hopes and fears on this question exist across society in Northern Ireland. It also reveals that public views are yet to crystallise on many of the design features of a referendum. There are some exceptions to this: there is a widespread feeling that the Brexit referendum process should not be replicated; and there are signs of divergent views emerging between communities on the franchise, referendum threshold, and use of citizens’ assemblies. Nevertheless, we conclude that the lack of hardened views on most questions of process points to an opportunity for policymakers and impartial observers to foster agreement on how a referendum process should be conducted.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Conor KELLY
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 06:46
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:19
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50181

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