Prospect Theory and the Framing of the Good Friday Agreement
Conflict Resolution Quarterly
We examine how supporters of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement tried to persuade their constituents to vote for ratifying the agreement. We argue that a “sales” message based on tenets of prospect theory—framing the preferred choice as less risky than the alternative—garnered more support for the initial vote and, more important, insulated the process to some extent from failures in implementation. For this article, we determine how political leaders supporting the agreement framed it, finding that they attempted to do so both positively toward a better future and as a better alternative to continued or renewed conflict.
Prospect Theory, Good Friday Agreement
Hancock, Landon E.; Weiss, Joshua N.; and Duerr, Glen M.E., "Prospect Theory and the Framing of the Good Friday Agreement" (2010). History and Government Faculty Publications. 1.