The Politics of Northern Ireland

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Overview

The political scene in Northern Ireland is constantly evolving. This book reflects the most recent changes and synthesises some of the best thinking on the subject. It provides an overview of the politics of Northern Ireland, including detailed coverage of the institutional structure under the Good Friday Agreement and an evaluation of how the institutions operated in practice. Opening with the historical context and discussion of the nature of the conflict, the standpoints of unionism, nationalism, loyalism and republicanism are explored. The evolution of political initiatives since the 1970s is traced, leading to the peace process of the 1990s and culminating in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The period of devolution in Northern Ireland (1999-2002) is evaluated, and the book concludes with coverage of political developments post-suspension, paying particular attention to the on-going debate on changes to the Agreement and the prospects for power-sharing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748625017
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Politics Study Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 458,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne McEvoy is Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 Theoretical Perspectives on the Northern Ireland Conflict 7

2 Background to the Conflict 21

3 Political Parties and Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland 44

4 Finding a Solution: from Sunningdale to the Framework Documents 71

5 British and Irish Government Policy 91

6 Peace Process to Good Friday Agreement 114

7 Institutional Framework of the Agreement 132

8 Towards Restored Devolution 157

Notes 178

Bibliography 187

Index 191

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