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Unionist party competition and the Orange Order vote in Northern Ireland

Evans, JA and Tonge, J 2007, 'Unionist party competition and the Orange Order vote in Northern Ireland' , Electoral Studies, 26 (1) , pp. 156-167.

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Abstract

The period since the signing of Northern Ireland's ‘peace deal’, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA), has seen a shift in the votes of many Protestants to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), hitherto seen as a hardline, anti-GFA organisation fusing religion and politics. This article uses a case study of the Orange Order, the largest religious-cultural organisation in Northern Ireland containing almost one-in-four Protestant voters, to examine the basis of the appeal of more militant Protestant Unionism in the DUP. The article suggests that a radical ethnic militancy is apparent amongst younger ‘Orange’ Protestants in particular. This shift in Protestant-Unionist opinion has been exacerbated in a post-conflict party system, in which electoral competition is based upon intra-ethnic bloc rivalry around the defence of the interests of a particular bloc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vote transfers, religion, conservatism, militancy, protestantism
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Electoral Studies
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02613794
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1231

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