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Title: Democratic Communication and the Role of Special Advisors in Northern Ireland's Consociational Government
Authors: Rice, C.
Somerville, Ian
Wilson, J.
First Published: 8-Jan-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Public Administration, 2015, 38 (1), pp. 4-14 (11)
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.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01900692.2014.934838
ISSN: 0190-0692
eISSN: 1532-4265
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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