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The New Politics of Sinn Féin$
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Kevin Bean

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311444

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314193

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Shaping the Terrain: Economy, State and Civil Society

Shaping the Terrain: Economy, State and Civil Society

(p.16) Chapter 1 Shaping the Terrain: Economy, State and Civil Society
The New Politics of Sinn Féin

This chapter discusses how the British government influenced the Provisional and Republican ideologies by shaping the terrain of civil society and its relationship with the state. The power of the contemporary state and its effect on civil society as a structure of power is also defined. The chapter highlights the various roles of the British state in the pace and pattern of Northern Ireland's political and social environment. Communitarian themes of urban regeneration and normalization through state intervention are also discussed. This continued effect of the British state in defining the ideological as well as the political and social framework for other political actors in Northern Ireland is also explored through discussing the Fair Employment Act of 1989, Belfast action teams in 1987, the Making Belfast Work initiative in 1988, the Upper Springfield Development Trust (USDT), and the International Fund for Ireland.

Keywords:   contemporary state power, civil society, British state communitarian, urban regeneration, state normalization, Fair Employment Act, Belfast action teams, Making Belfast Work, USDT, Fund for Ireland

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