Contemporary Unionism and the tactics of resistance

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Show simple item record Dixon, Paul 2010-07-19T15:18:33Z 2010-07-19T15:18:33Z The author, 2002 en 2002
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dc.description Revised version of a paper presented to the IBIS conference, From political violence to negotiated settlement : the winding path to peace in twentieth century Ireland, University College Dublin, 23 March 2001. en
dc.description.abstract This paper emphasises the importance of the political context for shaping unionist tactics for defending the Union and resisting Irish unity. Some draw a sharp dichotomy between “constitutional” and “unconstitutional” unionism. The Ulster Unionist Party, and perhaps the Democratic Unionist Party, are seen as “constitutional”, while the loyalist parties associated with paramilitary organisations, the Ulster Democratic Party and the Progressive Unionist Party, are seen as “unconstitutional”. Some unionists readily advocate violence while others completely reject any use of violence. The principal unionist parties (UUP, DUP), it is argued, have operated in the “grey area” between violent and non-violent politics, veering towards one pole or the other depending on the wider political context. In particular, it will be suggested that unionists tend towards “more direct” methods of political action when they fear—often with good reason—that their position within the Union is becoming undermined. When these fears are heightened the room for unionist political elites to contemplate accommodation with nationalists is constrained. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 19 en
dc.subject Unionism en
dc.subject Political tactics en
dc.subject Loyalism en
dc.subject Political parties en
dc.subject.lcsh Unionism (Irish politics) en
dc.subject.lcsh Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1994- en
dc.subject.lcsh Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1969-1994 en
dc.title Contemporary Unionism and the tactics of resistance en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.status Peer reviewed en
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