Sunday, December 24, 2017

"Sinn Féin and the IRA"

New from Edinburgh University Press: Sinn Féin and the IRA: From Revolution to Moderation by Mathew Whiting.

About the book, from the publisher:
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.

What exactly changed within Irish republicanism? What has stayed the same? And, crucially what caused this transformation? By examining republicanism's electoral participation and engagement in democratic bargaining, together with the role of Irish-America and British government policy, Mathew Whiting argues that moderation was a long-term process of concessions by republicanism in return for increased inclusion within the political system.
Mathew Whiting is Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Reading.

--Marshal Zeringue