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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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‘They Haven't Gone Away, You Know’: The Withering Away of the ‘Provisional State’?1

‘They Haven't Gone Away, You Know’: The Withering Away of the ‘Provisional State’?1

(p.91) Chapter 3 ‘They Haven't Gone Away, You Know’: The Withering Away of the ‘Provisional State’?1
The New Politics of Sinn Féin

This chapter presents evidence that the Provisional state is at its close, and that the ideology remains deeply rooted in the community, alienating itself from the nationalist civil society – Provisionalist state-within-a-state. The evolution of the Provisional ideology into adapting various characteristics of the British state to manufacture consent and authority is examined alongside institutionalization and bureaucratization as influenced by the peace process. The chapter assesses the transitional phase of the said adaptation of ideology in relation to the IRA's ‘established legitimate authority’ and its effects on communities, crime, policing, and social behavior. The British state's partnership with Sinn Féin and its effect on the workings of the Provisional ideology are also examined. Other factors that influenced the status and the reinforcement of the Republican movement are discussed.

Keywords:   Provisional state, IRA, nationalist civil society, Provisional ideology, British state, institutionalization, community policing, Sinn Féin

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