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Publication Date

Spring 2011

Program Name

Ireland: Transformation of Social and Political Conflict

Abstract

This paper is the outcome of three weeks of research on Left politics in Northern Ireland. Taking the 2011 Assembly Elections as my focal point, I conducted a number of interviews with candidates and supporters, attended meetings and rallies, and participated in neighborhood canvasses. These experiences led me to two contrasting conclusions: in many ways the Left in Northern Ireland appears disconnected from contemporary political scene; and the Left has an important critique to offer the region regarding Sectarianism, the economic collapse and post‐Good Friday Accords politics. Finally, by discussing changes to the Lefts

theories, organizations and environment, I attempt to reexamine the Left and illustrate how they might overcome this disconnect and gain support for their proposals. These transformations have only just begun, as they take shape, the Left attempts to realize their platforms will become more important, more dynamic, and more critical to research.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Inequality and Stratification | Peace and Conflict Studies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change

 

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