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The Politics of Northern Ireland : Beyond the Belfast Agreement - Arthur Aughey

The Politics of Northern Ireland

Beyond the Belfast Agreement

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"The Politics of Northern Ireland "is by one of the leading authorities on contemporary Northern Ireland politics and provides an original, sophisticated and innovative examination of the post-Belfast agreement political landscape. The Agreement was a model of democratic ingenuity and political inclusion, and intimated the emergence of a new style of politics based on the principles of consent and mutual responsibility. It had the potential to transform Northern Ireland from a political culture of conflict to a potential culture of accommodation. However, the implementation of the Agreement has been plagued by the mistrust of people in Northern Ireland and the imaginative institutions of government have had a fitful existence, penetrating in a permanent atmosphere of crisis. This book explains the experience of hope and frustration through a systematic analysis of the ambiguous political legacy of the peace process. Written in a fluid, witty and accessible style, the book explores:
* How the Belfast Agreement has changed the politics of Northern Ireland
* Whether the peace process is still valid
* The problems caused by the language of politics in Northern Ireland
* That conditions are necessary to secure political stability
* The inability of Unionists & Republicans to share the same political discourse
* The insights that political theory can offer to Northern Irish politics
* The future of key political parties and institutions.
This text is an outstanding contribution to the literature on contemporary Northern Irish politics and history and is essential reading for students and scholars in these areas.

Industry Reviews

'This is a provocative and well argued book ... A useful addition to the literature on Irish politics.' - West European Politics, Vol. 29

'This persuasive and tightly argued book looks at the historical context in which decisions are taken and views formed.' - Contemporary Review

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Conditionsp. 5
Fate and choicep. 7
Fate and choicep. 10
Iron cage and self-constructionp. 18
Process and actionp. 22
Conclusionp. 23
Means and endsp. 25
Nostalgia and imaginationp. 27
Conservatism and radicalismp. 33
Conclusionp. 38
Winning and losingp. 42
Insight and visionp. 46
Transition and transformationp. 54
Conclusionp. 58
Modificationsp. 61
New ideas and old argumentsp. 63
Inwardness and outwardnessp. 65
Democratic transformationp. 72
Historic compromisep. 77
Conclusionp. 80
The Belfast Agreement: archaeology and expositionp. 81
The archaeology of the Agreementp. 83
Institutions of the Belfast Agreementp. 87
Conclusionp. 96
New beginning and modification of circumstancesp. 98
Agreement: duck or rabbit?p. 102
A new beginningp. 106
Modification of circumstancesp. 112
Conclusionp. 116
Consequencesp. 119
Anxiety and expectationp. 121
Unionist expectationp. 122
Anxiety of processp. 124
Anxiety of influencep. 128
Nationalist expectationp. 131
Anxiety of frustrationp. 134
Anxiety of impatiencep. 137
Conclusionp. 140
Lies noble and ignoblep. 142
The noble liep. 143
Constructive ambiguityp. 148
Axioms and maximsp. 155
Conclusionp. 158
For better and for worsep. 160
Narrative of progressp. 161
Narrative of regressp. 166
Verschlimmbesserung: for better and for worsep. 172
Conclusionp. 176
Afterwordp. 178
Referencesp. 182
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415327886
ISBN-10: 0415327881
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 1st May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1