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The New Northern Irish Politics?

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The repeated crises of devolved power sharing in the face of continued paramilitary activity and persistent sectarianism have hindered attempts to shape a new Northern Irish politics, based upon peace and consensus. In this...

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The repeated crises of devolved power sharing in the face of continued paramilitary activity and persistent sectarianism have hindered attempts to shape a new Northern Irish politics, based upon peace and consensus. In this important new book, Jonathan Tonge analyzes the underlying issues, explores the ways in which rivalries within and between unionism and nationalism perpetuate instability, and assesses the potential and limitations of consociational deals like the Good Friday Agreement in conflict resolution.

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  • A major new text by a leading authority on Northern Ireland politics
  • The first text to focus on the extent to which a new Northern Ireland politics is emerging and the nature of the party and political systems there today
  • Provides a systematic assessment of the Good Friday Agreement, its implementation, its theoretical underpinnings and why it has proved so unstable

Introduction
The Conflict
The Solution? The Logic of the Good Friday Agreement
Unionism New and Old
The Diminishing Centre Ground: Whither the Third Tradition?
New 'Green' Politics: The Growing Electoral Dominance of Sinn Fein
The Big Tent at Stormont: The Northern Ireland Assembly
Never the Sum of the Parts? The Executive
Cross Border and Confederal Dimensions
Civil Society and the Problem of Sectarianism
A New Policing Service?
The International Context
Conclusion
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JONATHAN TONGE is Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, University of Salford, UK.

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JONATHAN TONGE is Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, University of Salford, UK.

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