The Failure of the Northern Ireland Peace Process


Gary Peatling

This book offers challenging criticisms of the peace process, highly topical and controversial subject and draws conclusions on wider issues of terrorism and the post-September 11th scene. It is the first serious academic analysis of the failure of the peace process.

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This book is a surprisingly broad study of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, with an unusual and contentious hypothesis, though one ultimately likely to prove useful even to those who disagree with it.

The book is influenced by a sense of the interlacing nature of political groups and dynamics in Northern Ireland which evinces understanding of (though not empathy with) even mutually exclusive positions in a way few writers on the Northern question draw out. This sense that even groups often portrayed as intransigent find a constituency in Northern Ireland based upon the lived experience of groups and communities is underpinned by the book’s view of identity and it consequences.

The book also addresses much-discussed wider controversies, such as debates surrounding immigration, terrorism and September 11th, and national identity. It addresses these issues with unorthodox conclusions, and here too the book is guaranteed to be of interest to intelligent non-specialists as well as to academics and policy makers.

About the Author

Gary Peatling is also the author of British Opinion and Irish Self-Government 1865-1925.