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Agreement has an East–West component and creates structures which link the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The result is the creation of the British–Irish Council (BIC) (Strand 3, Paragraph 1), which promotes ‘the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of these islands’. The Council brings together representatives of the British and Irish governments, and of devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in addition to representatives of the Isle of Man, Channel

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Applying a theory of multi-level governance

institutional innovation created  under the terms of the 1998 Agreement. The institution brings together ministers from the UK and Irish governments, the three devolved ­administrations  – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – and the autonomous territories of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The institution does not have executive or legislative powers, but considers areas of mutual interest and aims to produce consensus among participants on agreed policy concerns. The institution itself was created to appease Northern Ireland unionists who

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The external dynamics

Kingdom), three devolved administrations within the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), and three adjacent autonomous crown territories (the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey). (Coakley 2010: 399) It is a less developed institution than its North–South equivalent (the NSMC) in that it lacks executive and legislative powers and does not have its own budget. The key purpose of the BIC is ‘to exchange information, discuss, consult and use best endeavours to reach agreement on cooperation on matters of mutual interest within the competence

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