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Menace without mandate? Is there any sympathy for 'dissident' Irish Republicanism in Northern Ireland?

Evans, JA and Tonge, J 2012, 'Menace without mandate? Is there any sympathy for 'dissident' Irish Republicanism in Northern Ireland?' , Terrorism and Political Violence, 24 (1) , pp. 61-78.

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Dissident Irish Republicans have increased their violent activities in recent years. These ‘‘spoilers’’ reject the 1998 Good Friday Agreement power-sharing deal between Unionist and Nationalist traditions in Northern Ireland. Instead dissident IRAs vow to maintain an armed campaign against Britain’s sovereign claim to Northern Ireland and have killed British soldiers, police officers, and civilians in recent years. These groups have small political organisations with which they are associated. The assumption across the political spectrum is that, whereas Sinn Fein enjoyed significant electoral backing when linked to the now vanished Provisional IRA, contemporary violent Republican ultras and their political associates are utterly bereft of sympathy. Drawing upon new data from the Economic and Social Research Council 2010 Northern Ireland election survey, the first academic study to ask the electorate its views of dissident Republicans, this article examines whether there are any clusters of sympathy for these irreconcilables and their modus operandi. The piece assesses whether there are any demographic, structural, ideological, religious, or party trends indicating Republican dissident sympathies. It also assesses the extent to which dissidents are seen as a threat and examines whether this perception is shared evenly across Northern Ireland’s two main communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mandates, Northern Ireland, political violence, security, spoilers
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Terrorism and Political Violence
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0954-6553
Depositing User: JAJ Evans
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 12:25
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:33

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