- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-9951-9
- Pages: 240
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £90.00
- Published Date: February 2017
- BIC Category: European history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Political structures: democracy, Peace studies & conflict resolution, Ireland, Politics & government, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Humanities / British & Irish history
The 'Sunningdale experiment' of 1973-4 witnessed the first attempt to establish peace in Northern Ireland through power-sharing. However, its provisions, particularly the cross-border 'Council of Ireland', proved to be a step too far. The experiment floundered amid ongoing paramilitary-led violence, finally collapsing in May 1974 as a result of the Ulster Workers' Council strike.
Drawing on new scholarship from some of the top political historians working on the period, this book presents a series of reflections on how key protagonists struggled with notions of power-sharing and the 'Irish dimension', and how those struggles inhibited a deepening of democracy and the ending of violence for so long.
Part I: Introduction and overview of the Sunningdale Agreement
David McCann and Cillian McGrattan
2 The Ulster Workers' Council strike: the perfect storm
3 Understanding aspiration, anxiety, assumption and ambiguity: the anatomy of Sunningdale
Part II: The lessons of Sunningdale: the key protagonists
4 Sunningdale and the Irish dimension: a step too far?
5 British government policy post 1974: learning slowly between Sunningdales?
6 British security policy and the Sunningdale Agreement: the consequences of using force to combat terrorism in a liberal democracy
7 Sunningdale and the limits of 'rejectionist' Unionism
Stuart Aveyard and Shaun McDaid
8 Stan Orme and the road to 'Industrial Democracy': British attempts at the politicisation of working-class Protestants in Northern Ireland, 1973-75
9 Power sharing and the Irish dimension: the conundrum for the SDLP in Northern Ireland
10 '1974 - Year of Liberty'? The Provisional IRA and Sunningdale
Part III: The legacies of Sunningdale
11 Cultural responses to and the legacies of Sunningdale
12 'Slow learners'? Comparing the Sunningdale Agreement and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
Appendix: The Sunningdale Agreement (December 1973)
David McCann is Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University
Cillian McGrattan is Lecturer in Politics at Ulster University