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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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On the Long Road: The Provisional Politics of Transition1

On the Long Road: The Provisional Politics of Transition1

(p.174) Chapter 5 On the Long Road: The Provisional Politics of Transition1
The New Politics of Sinn Féin

This chapter delves into the ambiguity of the mechanisms of transitioning the Provisional movement as opposed to the straightforwardness of the Republican tradition towards reunification, and aims to examine and trace the said transition from radical to diplomatic to the politics of accommodation of state power and authority. The receding revolutionary tide and how republicans strategized their way towards adaptation is also explored. Various tactics and workings are reviewed to describe how Sinn Féin's position in the overall political terrain of Ireland was strengthened within the peace process. The political dynamics during the transition and how it was used to create historical inevitability are also discussed, as are the definition of the transitional phase and reunification in lieu of revolutionary transformation and abandonment of Republican ambitions.

Keywords:   Provisional movement, Republican tradition, reunification, Sinn Féin, political transitional strategy, Provisional political dynamics, historical inevitability, peace process

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