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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Anthony Messina


This paper examines two classic cases of ethnoterritorial groups demanding greater political autonomy: Northern Ireland and the Basque Country in Spain. Although the cases are very similar, Northern Ireland has reached a political settlement with the British government, while Basque nationalists have struggled to do so in Spain. In this thesis, I argue that four variables co-mingle to affect the prospects of a successful political settlement: the overall level of ethnoterritorial violence; concessions offered by the central government; the process of negotiations to end the violence; and the economic environment of the ethnoterritory.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.