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New order: political change the protestant orange tradition in Northern Ireland

Tonge, J, Evans, JA, Jeffery, R and McAuley, J 2011, 'New order: political change the protestant orange tradition in Northern Ireland' , The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 13 (3) , pp. 400-419.

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Abstract

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA) led to a major realignment in unionist politics in Northern Ireland. The Ulster Unionist party (UUP), hitherto the dominant force within the Protestant British tradition, was usurped in electoral popularity by the Democratic Unionist party (DUP). In its post-GFA rise, the DUP garnered majority support from members of the Orange Order, the largest organisation in Protestant civil society. Drawing upon a recent membership survey of the Orange Order conducted by the authors, this article examines the demographic and attitudinal bases of support for unionist political parties among its members, and tests whether the locus of support for the DUP is evenly distributed, or instead biased towards particular age groups, social classes or Protestant denominations within the Order, as well as assessing whether attitudinal variations may be influential in determining party loyalties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Protestantism, Orange Order, unionism, Northern Ireland
Themes: 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 Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1369-1481
Depositing User: JAJ Evans
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 14:22
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17778

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