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Author Dixon, Paul, 1964- author.

Title Performing the Northern Ireland peace process : in defence of politics / Paul Dixon.

Published [Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Springer Political Science and International Studies eBooks 2019 English+International
Contents 1. Prologue: "Of Course We Fucking Lied" -- 2. The ̀Real' and Theatrical Politics of the Peace Process: Beyond Idealism and Conservative Realism -- 3. ̀A Tragedy Beyond Words': Going Beyond the ̀Front Stage' Performance of British Policy -- 4. Academic Actors Take to the Stage: Neoconservatives and the ̀Defeat' of the IRA -- 5. Scripting the Peace Process: Choreography and Theatrical Skills -- 6. An ̀Inconvenient Truth': The Deception at the Heart of the Peace Process -- 7. Defending the Political Morality of the Peace Process -- 8. ̀Peace Within the Realms of the Possible'? The Performance of Political Change -- 9. All the World's a Stage -- 10. Finale: Populist Idealism or Pragmatic Realism?.
Summary This book is exceptional in defending the 'dirty politics' of the Northern Ireland peace process. Political actors in Britain, Ireland and the United States performed the peace process and used 'political skills', often including deception and hypocrisy, in order to wind down the conflict and achieve accommodation. These political skills, it is argued, are often morally justifiable even as they are popularly condemned. The Northern Ireland peace process has been highly successful in reducing violence and an accurate understanding of its politics is an important contribution to international debates about managing conflict.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Political violence -- Northern Ireland.
Peace movements -- Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland -- Politics and government.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319913438 (electronic bk.)
3319913433 (electronic bk.)