Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process

In Defence of Politics

Authors: Dixon, Paul

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  • Utilises an extended theatrical metaphor to analyse politics
  • Provides a defence of politicians using deception and hypocrisy to make peace
  • Unravels the complexity of the peace process in Northern Ireland in order to further understanding of broader conflict management
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“Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process offers a nuanced and stimulating analysis which goes beyond standard explanations by exploring the motives and means used by those who made peace in Northern Ireland.” (Professor Timothy White, Xavier University, USA)
“Paul Dixon has produced an impressive and challenging book. Dixon defends the Northern Ireland peace process as a carefully-crafted, drawn-out episode in realist, pragmatic politics. However, he pulls few punches in highlighting the moral deceptions which have kept the process in play. Provocatively, Dixon also challenges a wide range of academic interpretations of the processes and their associated political prescriptions. Thoughtful and well-researched throughout, Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process is an essential read for anyone interested in conflict management.” (Professor Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool)
“In this outstanding book, Dixon shows yet again the importance of the theatrical metaphor for Northern Ireland. More importantly still, he demonstrates that the adoption of a critically realist outlook actually enhances our capacity to think creatively about the political choices we face in international politics and the alternative policies and institutions we might construct.” (Professor Adrian Little, The University of Melbourne)
This book is exceptional in defending the ‘dirty politics’ of the Northern Ireland peace process. Political actors in Britain, Ireland and the United States performed the peace process and used ‘political skills’, often including deception and hypocrisy, in order to wind down the conflict and achieve accommodation. These political skills, it is argued, are often morally justifiable even as they are popularly condemned. The Northern Ireland peace process has been highly successful in reducing violence and an accurate understanding of its politics is an important contribution to international debates about managing conflict.

About the authors

Paul Dixon is Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He was Professor of Politics and International Studies at Kingston University, UK (2005-17). He also taught at Queen’s University Belfast, Luton, Leeds and Ulster (1997-2005). He has 30 years of experience researching the conflict in Northern Ireland and has published Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001; 2nd edition 2008), and edited The British Approach to Counterinsurgency (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). He has published nearly 40 academic articles and over 20 book chapters mainly on the Northern Ireland conflict, conflict management and war.

Reviews

“Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process offers a nuanced and stimulating analysis which goes beyond standard explanations by exploring the motives and means used by those who made peace in Northern Ireland.” (Professor Timothy White, Xavier University, USA)

“Paul Dixon has produced an impressive and challenging book. Dixon defends the Northern Ireland peace process as a carefully-crafted, drawn-out episode in realist, pragmatic politics. However, he pulls few punches in highlighting the moral deceptions which have kept the process in play. Provocatively, Dixon also challenges a wide range of academic interpretations of the processes and their associated political prescriptions. Thoughtful and well-researched throughout, Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process is an essential read for anyone interested in conflict management.” (Professor Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool)

“In this outstanding book, Dixon shows yet again the importance of the theatrical metaphor for Northern Ireland. More importantly still, he demonstrates that the adoption of a critically realist outlook actually enhances our capacity to think creatively about the political choices we face in international politics and the alternative policies and institutions we might construct.” (Professor Adrian Little, The University of Melbourne)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Prologue: “Of Course We Fucking Lied”

    Pages 1-39

    Dixon, Paul

  • The ‘Real’ and Theatrical Politics of the Peace Process: Beyond Idealism and Conservative Realism

    Pages 41-72

    Dixon, Paul

  • ‘A Tragedy Beyond Words’: Going Beyond the ‘Front Stage’ Performance of British Policy

    Pages 73-95

    Dixon, Paul

  • Academic Actors Take to the Stage: Neoconservatives and the ‘Defeat’ of the IRA

    Pages 97-127

    Dixon, Paul

  • Scripting the Peace Process: Choreography and Theatrical Skills

    Pages 129-147

    Dixon, Paul

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Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Book Subtitle
In Defence of Politics
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91343-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91343-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91342-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08230-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 316
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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