Conflict to peace

Politics and society in Northern Ireland over half a century

By Bernadette Hayes and Ian McAllister

Conflict to peace


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9750-8
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, Political science & theory, Peace studies & conflict resolution, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory


After three decades of violence, Northern Ireland has experienced unprecedented peace. This book, now available in paperback, examines the impact of the 1998 Agreement which halted the violence on those most affected by it - the Northern Irish people themselves. Using public opinion surveys conducted over a period of half a century, this book covers changes in public opinion across all areas of society and politics, including elections, education, community relations and national identity. The surveys show that despite peace, Protestants and Catholics remain as deeply divided as ever. The vast majority marry co-religionists, attend religious schools and have few friends across the religious divide. The results have implications not just for peacemaking in Northern Ireland, but for other societies emerging from conflict. The main lesson of peacemaking in Northern Ireland is that political reform has to be accompanied by social change across the society as a whole. Peace after conflict needs social as well as political change.


Bernadette C. Hayes is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen

Ian McAllister is Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University


1. Theoretical and practical perspectives
2. Religion
3. National identity
4. Constitutional preferences
5. Political parties
6. Community relations
7. Education
8. The legacy of political violence
9. Conclusion
Appendix: data sources

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