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The Long Road to Peace in Northern IrelandPeace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University$
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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310652

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314155

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Defining Republicanism: Shifting Discourses of New Nationalism and Post-republicanism1

Defining Republicanism: Shifting Discourses of New Nationalism and Post-republicanism1

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(p.133) Defining Republicanism: Shifting Discourses of New Nationalism and Post-republicanism1
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The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland
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Kevin Bean

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314155.014

This chapter discusses the changes in contemporary Irish republicanism by drawing on some of the perspectives and analyses of the resurgence of nationalism as an international contemporary political phenomenon. It challenges the view of Irish republicanism as simply a tradition–driven paradigm in which, ‘the mandate of the dead outweighs that of the living’. Instead, it adopts a structural approach which sees post–republicanism as a facet of wider ideological and political change. By placing the discussion within this framework, the chapter shows that in these aspects Northern Irish politics are not sui generis and that the transformation within republicanism is not simply ideological but organizational. It concludes by outlining some possible structural determinants of this shift towards the forms of new nationalism.

Keywords:   organizational change, ideological change, Irish republicanism, paradigm shift, nationalism

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