The Government and Politics of Ireland

Author: Basil Chubb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317896459

Category: Political Science

Page: 356

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The third edition of Government and Politics in Ireland has been updated to take account of the political developments that have taken place in Ireland between 1981 and 1991. Amongst the topics covered are political parties, pressure groups, the government and the Dail and local government.

Politics in the Republic of Ireland

Author: John Coakley,Michael Gallagher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134737203

Category: History

Page: 528

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Politics in the Republic of Ireland is now available in a fully revised fourth edition. Building on the success of the previous three editions, this text continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of politics in the Republic of Ireland. Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyzes and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes. Crucially, it brings the student up-to-date with the very latest developments. New patterns of government formation, challenges to the established political parties, ever-deepening, if sometimes ambivalent, involvement in the process of European integration, a growing role in the politics of Northern Ireland and sustained discussion of gender issues are among these developments – along with evidence, revealed by several tribunals of enquiry, that Irish politics is not as free of corruption as many had assumed.

Northern Ireland

The Politics of War and Peace

Author: Paul Dixon

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan


Category: History

Page: 334

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This provides an introduction to the politics and recent history of Northern Ireland. It probes the underlying realities of war and peace to address such key issues as: Why did 'the troubles' erupt in the late 1960s and why did the intercommunal violence escalate and continue so long?; Why did the first 'peace process' in 1972-74 fail and why has the current one, despite frequent crises, make more progress?; Why did the Irish government lobby against a British withdrawal in the 1970s?; Why did the government of Margaret Thatcher, a unionist and hardliner on security, sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 and engage in secret contacts with the IRA?; Has British security policy been biased against the nationalist community?; Is a united Ireland likely or inevitable? It is crucial to understand the interplay of the 'physical' struggle with the accompanying ideological 'propaganda war' in Northern Ireland. The 'demonisation' of enemies in the propaganda conflict resulted in a growing discrepancy between the publics rhetoric of politicians and underlying, and sometimes privately acknowledged, 'realities'. A growing realisation among each of the rival parties, governments and paramilitary groups, of their limited power to achieve their goals laid a basis for a search for common ground. A consequence of this has been the need for them to de-escalate the propaganda war and educate their respective constituencies of the need to make hard compromises. This book's account of the 'peace process' since 1994 systematically assesses their attempt to do so, revealing both the constraints and the opportunities in their attempts to build a stable peaceful settlement. -- Publisher description

A Tragedy of Errors

The Government and Misgovernment of Northern Ireland

Author: Ken Bloomfield

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310644

Category: History

Page: 275

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The decommissioning of the Provisional IRA in 2005 suggests that Northern Ireland may finally be ready to turn from the deadly paramilitary clashes of the twentieth century to the thorny problems of a normalized political process. As both former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and Victim’s Commissioner, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield is in a unique position to evaluate the wisdom and long-term effects of the past fifty years of Northern Irish politics and policy. Bloomfield probes a number of crucial questions about the United Kingdom’s management of Irish affairs. Three decades of fighting have had grave consequences for Northern Ireland—what were the costs? Was violence inevitable? Bloomfield delineates the unwise decisions and abrogated responsibilities that led to the civil crisis of the Troubles while emphasizing the United Kingdom’s overriding duty to ensure peace. Peppered with incisive—and critical—portraits of the major political players, including Tony Blair and John Hume, A Tragedy of Errors gives us an unflinching insider’s view of Northern Irish politics and helps us understand the divisions that still dominate the region.

Politics of Northern Ireland

Author: Joanne McEvoy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748630694

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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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.

Northern Ireland and the Politics of Reconciliation

Author: Dermot Keogh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521459334

Category: Political Science

Page: 267

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This collection adds to the extensive literature on Northern Ireland and Ireland by bringing together the leading academic and political figures working in the field and offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of the historical process. The topics discussed include the remote and proximate causes of the conflict, fresh developments within the two states on the island, the role of the Roman Catholic Church, the rise of the ecumenical movement and the impact of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement on the triangular relationship between Dublin, Belfast and London. The volume concludes with an evaluation of likely impact of membership of the European Community on the conflict in Northern Ireland. The contributors to this book do not offer any easy solutions but provide a context in which the problem may be better understood by the international scholarly community and by the interested general reader.

The British System of Government

Author: Anthony Harold Birch

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415183898

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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The tenth edition of this acclaimed text continues to provide a lively, comprehensive and up-to-date account of British political institutions, of the way in which they operate, and of the society in which they developed. It includes new sections on the following key areas: the monarchy and the House of Lords the 1997 general election the transformation of the Labour party and the demise of the Tory's the European Union devolution the judicial system Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Politics

Author: Arthur Aughey,Duncan Morrow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317890841

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Hopes for a peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland have again put the politics of the province under the spotlight. This new text, written by acknowledged experts on Northern Ireland, provides an immediately accessible introduction to the multi-faceted nature of the politics of the region.

Northern Ireland

A Political Directory, 1968-1999

Author: Sydney Elliott,William D. Flackes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Northern Ireland

Page: 730

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This fifth edition covers the Troubles from 1968 to 1998. It contains: a chronology of events; an alphabetical dictionary of people, parties, organizations and key places; sections on election results, systems of government and the security system; and a comprehensive index.

Irish Politics Today

Author: Neil Collins,Terry Cradden

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061745

Category: Political Science

Page: 163

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This introduction to the politics of the Irish republic includes coverage of the 1997 general election, and the creation of a new coalition of Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats under Bertie Ahern that year. Reflecting recent developments in Irish politics, the book now has an entire chapter devoted to sleaze.

British Sources of Information

A Subject Guide and Bibliography

Author: P. Jackson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135794936

Category: History

Page: 548

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This comprehensive and versatile reference source will be a most important tool for anyone wishing to seek out information on virtually any aspect of British affairs, life and culture. The resources of a detailed bibliography, directory and journals listing are combined in this single volume, forming a unique guide to a multitude of diverse topics - British politics, government, society, literature, thought, arts, economics, history and geography. Academic subjects as taught in British colleges and universities are covered, with extensive reading lists of books and journals and sources of information for each discipline, making this an invaluable manual.

Politics in Ireland

Convergence and Divergence in a Two-Polity Island

Author: Maura Adshead,Jonathan Tonge

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137020326

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Politics in Ireland is the first major text to provide an accessible and systematic analysis of the politics of Ireland: North as well as South. With the development of a new Northern Irish political system and increasing links across the island, the authors argue that the time is ripe to study together the two polities, which share so much of a common history but which have had very different evolutions through the twentieth century. Drawing upon an exceptionally wide range of sources and their own original research, the authors deploy a thematic approach to the study of political institutions, political behaviour and public policy in both the Republic and Northern Ireland in order to produce a detailed, but highly readable, assessment of governance and politics in both political systems. This approach enables them both to outline the differences and similarities between the polities and to explain how they relate to the wider world, in particular to the UK and to Europe.

The Aims of Irish Government Policy on Northern Ireland Since the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Author: Birgit Wilpers

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640679644


Page: 32

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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7, University of Ulster at Coleraine (Irish History and Politics - Faculty of Arts), course: Irish Government and Politics, language: English, abstract: In this essay I am going to analyse the principle agreements of the Irish and the British government with regards to Northern Ireland and to outline the aims of the Irish government for their policy. The Irish policy underwent certain shifts of emphasis during the period from 1985 to the present day and I will examine these different approaches.

Politics and Performance in Contemporary Northern Ireland

Author: John P. Harrington,American Conference for Irish Studies

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558491977

Category: History

Page: 234

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In the charged political atmosphere of Northern Ireland, where two national identities compete for recognition and support, symbolic manifestations of the struggle are everywhere evident. They continue beyond as well as within the confines of the theater. Stage actors and social actors, playwrights and politicians give performances scripted to confirm and consolidate their particular definition of political reality. In this interdisciplinary volume, scholars from Northern Ireland, the United States, Canada, and England examine the junctures of politics and performance in contemporary Northern Ireland. Four of the chapters are about performances that are intended primarily for live theater or television. The remaining five describe dramatic struggles played out in the pubs and drinking clubs of Protestant Ulster, local district councils, political organizations, the police force, and even the memories of young people. Symbolic struggle is particularly important during the current period of fragile cease-fires and brokered agreements in Northern Ireland. With the diminution of paramilitary action, more attention now focuses on symbolic performances. Each of the nine essays in this book tells us in its own distinct voice how the story of political conflict is constructed, manipulated, portrayed, and remembered. By juxtaposing essays on theatrical performance alongside social scientific analyses, the editors remind us of the reflexivity of political life in Northern Ireland. Taken together, the essays show how individuals have been shaped by the historical context of the Troubles and how they have used their performances, in the theater and on the stage of daily life, to define identities, reinforce ideologies, and build institutional support. Contributors include Jennifer C. Cornell, Maureen S. G. Hawkins, William A. Hazleton, Helen Lojek, Roger Mac Ginty, James White McAuley, Marilynn Richtarik, Mícheál D. Roe, William Pegg, Kim Hodges, Rebecca A. Trimm, and Bill Rolston.

The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-73

From Violence to Power-sharing

Author: William Beattie Smith

Publisher: US Institute of Peace Press

ISBN: 1601270674

Category: History

Page: 437

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Focusing on four case studies, author William Beattie Smith traces the evolution of British policy from 1969-73 and depicts how easily a conflict over national identity can turn into bloodshed, grief, and horror; and how difficult it is once a serious fight has started to restore peace.In each of the case studies, Smith highlights a discrete policy followed by the British government in tackling political disorder in Northern Ireland, and examines why the policy was chosen or pursued. He outlines three broad strategic options reform, coercion, and powersharing and identifies factors influencing which of the three will be selected in practice. Focusing on policy outcomes rather than the details of the negotiating process, the author evaluates the relative importance of rational calculation, patterns of understanding, party politics, diplomatic pressures, organizational structure, and official doctrine in shaping policies and initiating radical changes. While rooted in policy analysis, the book ventures into the territory of political history and conflict studies. The author addresses issues such as the legitimacy of state authority, the vulnerability of democratic institutions to the opposition of disaffected minorities, and the tensions that exist between public order and individual rights. His conclusion derives strategic lessons from the British experience in Northern Ireland and provides guidance for policymakers confronting challenges arising from comparable cases."