Post-agreement electoral decline: the Ulster Unionist Party and the problem of decommissioning

SOUTHERN, Neil (2018). Post-agreement electoral decline: the Ulster Unionist Party and the problem of decommissioning. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 24 (4), 456-477.

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    Abstract

    Peace agreements can be costly affairs for political parties. Although a party may have been fundamental in helping resolve conflict this does not mean it will reap the electoral benefits in the post-settlement period. Instead, a party’s support base can significantly wither. The Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland has been affected in this way. This article examines the effects of the decommissioning of terrorist weaponry on support levels for the party. It explores the pitfalls of leaving a divisive issue - a negotiated loose end - unresolved in the Belfast Agreement of 1998.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1353-7113; eissn 1557-2986
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science and International Relations, Geography, Planning and Development
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2018.1522761
    Page Range: 456-477
    SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
    Depositing User: Margaret Boot
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 12:11
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 12:11
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23261

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