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Sinn Féin and the IRA

From Revolution to Moderation

Mathew Whiting

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Assesses Irish republicanism’s strategic process of moderation, from violence to peace and power

IRA violence and Sinn Féin’s revolutionary politics plagued Northern Ireland for 30 years. Today, however, violence is (mostly) a tactic of the past and Sinn Féin is a major political player in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is one of the most startling transformations of a radical violent movement in recent times.

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Contents

1. Introduction
2. Radicalism and Moderation in the History of Irish Republicanism
3. Electoral Participation and Republican Moderation
4. Democratisation and Reining-In Radical Republicanism
5. The US and Brokering Republican Moderation
6. British Policy Towards Irish Republicanism
7. Conclusion.

About the Author

Matthew Whiting is Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Birmingham. He was a contributor to Security in East Asia: Traditional and Non-Traditional Issues in the 21st Century edited by by Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Jeffrey Reeves (Imperial College Press, 2015).

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‘The long march through the institutions’ was once a revolutionary strategy. Yet Matthew Whiting shows that in Ireland such an approach has moved Sinn Féin from revolution to moderation. He explains why, in what is an original and comparative book on the changing relationship between democracy and republicanism in Ireland.

- Bill Kissane, London School of Economics

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