The People's Peace Process in Northern Ireland

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Many important lessons have come out of the negotiations for the Belfast Agreement. This book explains how public opinion polls were used in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. Significantly, it was the politicians who decided the questions so that they could map out areas of compromise and common ground that their supporters would accept. This book explains how the work was done so that others can apply the benefits of this experience to their own peace building ...
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Overview

Many important lessons have come out of the negotiations for the Belfast Agreement. This book explains how public opinion polls were used in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. Significantly, it was the politicians who decided the questions so that they could map out areas of compromise and common ground that their supporters would accept. This book explains how the work was done so that others can apply the benefits of this experience to their own peace building activities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475004151
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/2/2012
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Irwin is at The Queen's University Belfast.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary and Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Public Opinion Polls and Peace Processes 9
1 Political Negotiations and Public Opinion Polls 11
2 The Calculus of Agreement 27
3 The Drafting of Consensus and the Decommissioning Story 44
4 Polling as Peace Building 76
Pt. II The Northern Ireland Peace Polls 101
5 Peace Building and Public Policy 103
6 After the Elections 133
7 The Future of the Stormont Talks 154
8 In Search of Settlement 166
9 A Comprehensive Settlement 197
10 Implementation of the Belfast Agreement 213
11 The Mitchell Review 232
12 The Future of the Peace Process 251
Conclusion 270
App Sample Questionnaire (with results for Northern Ireland as a whole) 275
Notes and References 307
Select Bibliography 317
Index 320
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