Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland

Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland

By: Stacie E. Goddard (author)Hardback

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In Jerusalem and Northern Ireland, territorial disputes have often seemed indivisible, unable to be solved through negotiation, and prone to violence and war. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that these conflicts were the inevitable result of clashing identities, religions, and attachments to the land. On the contrary, it was radical political rhetoric, and not ancient hatreds, that rendered these territories indivisible. Stacie Goddard traces the roots of territorial indivisibility to politicians' strategies for legitimating their claims to territory. When bargaining over territory, politicians utilize rhetoric to appeal to their domestic audiences and undercut the claims of their opponents. However, this strategy has unintended consequences; by resonating with some coalitions and appearing unacceptable to others, politicians' rhetoric can lock them into positions in which they are unable to recognize the legitimacy of their opponent's demands. As a result, politicians come to negotiations with incompatible claims, constructing territory as indivisible.

About Author

Stacie Goddard is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and a faculty associate in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Previously, she was a Fellow at the Belfer Center, a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and a Fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, International Security, International Theory, and the European Journal of International Relations.


1. Introduction; 2. Constructing indivisibility: a legitimation theory of indivisible territory; Part I. Constructing an Indivisible Ireland: 3. Home rule: a divisible Ireland; 4. Ulster will fight: the orange card and an indivisible Ireland; Part II. Jerusalem, the Eternal, Indivisible City: 5. Dividing the holy city; 6. Jerusalem, indivisible; 7. How Northern Ireland became divisible (and why Jerusalem has not); Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521439855
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780521439855
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 052143985X

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