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New Order: Political Change and the Protestant Orange Tradition in Northern Ireland

Tonge, Jonathan, Evans, Jocelyn, Jeffery, Robert and McAuley, James W. (2010) New Order: Political Change and the Protestant Orange Tradition in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. no. ISSN 13691481

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Abstract

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA) led to a major realignment in unionist politics in Northern Ireland. The Ulster Unionist party (UUP), hitherto the dominant force within the Protestant British tradition, was usurped in electoral popularity by the Democratic Unionist party (DUP). In its post-GFA rise, the DUP garnered majority support from members of the Orange Order, the largest organisation in Protestant civil society. Drawing upon a recent membership survey of the Orange Order conducted by the authors, this article examines the demographic and attitudinal bases of support for unionist political parties among its members, and tests whether the locus of support for the DUP is evenly distributed, or instead biased towards particular age groups, social classes or Protestant denominations within the Order, as well as assessing whether attitudinal variations may be influential in determining party loyalties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Academy for British and Irish Studies
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2010 09:50
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 12:05
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8396

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