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Peace At Last?

The Impact of the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland

Edited by Jörg Neuheiser and Stefan Wolff
With a Foreword by Lord Alderdice, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-518-7 $99.00/£60.00 Hb Published (January 2003)

ISBN  978-1-57181-658-0 $25.00/£17.00 Pb Published (January 2004)


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Spanning more than thirty years, and costing over 3000 lives, the conflict in Northern Ireland has been one of the most protracted ethnic conflicts in Western Europe. After several failed attempts to resolve the fundamental differences over national belonging between the two communities in Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 seemed to offer the long awaited chance of sustainable peace and reconciliation.

By looking at the various dimensions and dynamics of post conflict peace-building in the political system, the economy, and society of this deeply divided society, the contributors to this volume offer a comprehensive analysis of Northern Irish politics and society in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement and conclude that this is probably the best chance for a stable and long-term peace that Northern Ireland has had but that the difficulties that still lie ahead must not be underestimated.

Jörg Neuheiser studied History and English at the University of Cologne and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently editor of Ethnos.

Stefan Wolff was educated at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is currently Chair in Political Science at the University of Nottingham.

Series: Volume 2, Ethnopolitics


LC: DA990.U46 P395 2002

BL: YC.2003.a.19481

BISAC: POL021000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/International Relations/Treaties; SOC051000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Violence in Society

BIC: JP Politics & government; JHB Sociology



Contents

List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction From Sunningdale to Belfast, 1973-98
Stefan Wolff

Chapter 2. The Morning After: An Alliance Perspective on the Agreement
Stephen Farry

Chapter 3. The Good Friday Agreement: An SDLP Analysis of the Northern Ireland Conflict
Gerard Murray

Chapter 4. Sinn Féin: Beyond and within Containment
Peter Shirlow

Chapter 5. Ulster Unionism after the Peace
James W. McAuley

Chapter 6. Drumcree: Marching towards Peace in Northern Ireland?
Dominic Bryan

Chapter 7. Images of Peace: The News Media, Politics and the Good Friday Agreement
Thomas Taaffe

Chapter 8. The Perception of Economic Aid in Northern Ireland and its Role in the Peace Process
Cynthia Irvin and Sean Byrne

Chapter 9. Women and the 'New' Northern Ireland
Valerie Morgan

Chapter 10. The Politics of Culture in Northern Ireland
Camille O'Reilly

Chapter 11. Sports and the Politics of Irish Nationalism: The Struggle for Ireland's Sporting Soul
Alan Bairner

Chapter 12. Conclusion: The Peace Process in Northern Ireland since 1998
Stefan Wolff

Bibliography
Index

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