Peace and Conflict‐Resolution Organizations in Northern Ireland

Feargal Cochrane and Seamus Dunn

in Mobilizing for Peace

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780195125924
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833894 | DOI:
 Peace and Conflict‐Resolution Organizations in Northern Ireland

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The “democratic deficit” and significant British and European financial support for civil society have led to the growth of a large voluntary sector in Northern Ireland, including a diverse collection of peace and conflict‐resolution organizations (P/CROs). P/CROs in Northern Ireland were founded to deal with the symptoms of the conflict, not its real or perceived causes, and member characteristics were largely determined by which symptoms P/CROs focused on; however, most members were broadly left leaning. Some P/CROs targeted specific communities, some sought to influence a broader audience, and others did both. While smaller, less formal P/CROS needed little income, larger groups required more funding, and sometimes had to professionalize in order to secure it, although relationships with funders tended to be relaxed. While P/CROs clearly had no direct impact on the peace process, they did introduce an “inclusivist” philosophy into the political arena, encouraged political debate, and provided an extra tier of progressive leadership.

Keywords: inclusivist philosophy; democratic deficit; funding; impact; member characteristics; Northern Ireland; peace and conflict‐resolution organizations (P/CROs); political debate; progressive leadership

Chapter.  8953 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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