Derek Birrell

in Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077579
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701881 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about direct rule governance in Ireland from 1972 to 2007. This volume identifies, describes and explains the key features of direct rule as it developed into a distinctive system of governance and evaluates its impact on the institutions of government which had previously existed in Northern Ireland as well as the impact on the British government and the Westminster Parliament. It highlights the relative merits and short-comings of direct rule and devolution as systems of government for Northern Ireland.

Keywords: direct rule; Northern Ireland; system of governance; institutions of government; British government; Westminster Parliament

Chapter.  1972 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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