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Northern Ireland and South Africa: ‘Hope and History at a Crossroads’

Padraig O'Malley

in Northern Ireland and the Divided World

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244340.003.0012
 Northern Ireland and South Africa: ‘Hope and History at a Crossroads’

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Compares Northern Ireland's peace process with the transition to democracy in South Africa. The chapter details the ways in which Northern Ireland's political elites learnt from South Africa's negotiations, and argues that they have more to learn. It squarely rejects the claim of Irish republican militants that their position is analogous to that of South Africa's African National Congress.

Keywords: African National Congress; democracy; negotiations; Northern Ireland; peace process; political elites; Republicanism; South Africa; transition

Chapter.  14437 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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