Democratic Communication and the Role of Special Advisers in Northern Ireland’s Consociational Government

Charis Rice, I. Somerville, J. Wilson

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    Abstract

    This article examines the role of ministerial special advisers (SpAds) in Northern Ireland’s government communication. Using data gathered from elite interviews with SpAds, government information officers, and political journalists, we argue that the role of the SpAd is influenced by the post-conflict political culture in Northern Ireland and the consociational structure of government. The article suggests that current theorizing of the role of SpAds in democratic societies must also take account of how they operate within mandatory coalitions such as those found in Northern Ireland. We call for more research into their communication role in post-conflict consociational environments. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Public Administration on 8th January 2015 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01900692.2014.934838
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4-14
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2015

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    The full text is currently unavailable on the repository.
    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Public Administration on 8th January 2015 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01900692.2014.934838

    Keywords

    • special advisers
    • consociational government
    • post-conflict societies
    • Northern Ireland

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