The Northern Ireland peace process

From armed conflict to Brexit

By Eamonn O'Kane

The Northern Ireland peace process


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9083-7
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Humanities / British & Irish history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Politics, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Peace studies & conflict resolution, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Ireland, European history
  • Series: Manchester University Press


This book offers a re-evaluation of the emergence, development and outcome of the peace process in Northern Ireland. Drawing on interviews with many of the key participants of the peace process, newly released archival material and the existing scholarship on the conflict, it explains the decisions that shaped the peace process in their proper context.

O'Kane argues that although the outcome of the process can be seen as a success, it is not the outcome that was originally expected or intended by most of its participants. By tracing the process and highlighting the pragmatic decisions of the parties that shaped it the work explains how Northern Ireland moved from conflict to peace. The book concludes by examining what the implications of Brexit are for Northern Ireland's hard-won peace and political stability.


1 The origins of the peace process
2 The emergence (and collapse) of the peace process, 1990-1997
3 New Labour's new peace process? Negotiating the Agreement, 1997-1998
4 Implementing the Agreement, from exaltation to exasperation, 1998-2003
5 The reconfiguration of Northern Ireland's politics, from devolution to destruction, 2003-2017
6 Governing the present, dealing with the past and learning the lessons for the future



Eamonn O'Kane is a Reader in Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

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