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Continuing peace amidst changing contexts: A Sinn Féin case study on institutional resilience
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Continuing peace amidst changing contexts : A Sinn Féin case study on institutional resilience (English)
Abstract [en]

The transitioning of armed actors into political parties following a peace accord is not a new phenomenon and the debate for how we can facilitate such a transition is well explored. A grey area of the debate, however, concerns transitioned actors’ long-term commitment to peace, as relapses are known to have occurred on many occasions. How are successful transitions sustained and what are the facilitating mechanisms? Through a case study of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, this thesis aims to contribute to the very limited debate on the facilitation of peace continuity of transitioned actors. Interviews were conducted in Belfast during the fall of 2018. The present-time contextual changes posed by the United Kingdom exiting the European union, which endangers the 1998 peace agreement that helped facilitate Sinn Féin’s transition, provides a good case for studying the institutional resilience to violent relapse of a transitioned actor. The findings show that Sinn Féin display strong levels of institutional resilience, which can help the institution to abstain from relapses into violence caused by contextual changes such as Brexit.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 68
Keywords [en]
Institutional resilience, Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, IRA, sustainable peace building, rebel to party transformation, peace continuation, Brexit
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80028DiVA, id: diva2:1283815
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Peace and development
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International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-02-21 Created: 2019-01-29 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved

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