The peace process and equality : towards a transformed society

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Title: The peace process and equality : towards a transformed society
Authors: Cowan, Brian
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Date: 2001
Abstract: The Good Friday Agreement represents in an important sense the triumph of politics over darker forces in Irish society. Rather than seeking to define the contours of a final settlement, it lays out the ground rules in accordance with which political progress may be achieved. It represents a reversal of many of the more negative perspectives that were characteristic of the different parties to the conflict, such as the tendency to deny the nature of the problem and to attribute blame only to others. Change has been particularly traumatic for the unionist community, which has seen old certainties challenged. But the principle underlying the agreement, that of equality, offers the most secure prospect for a better life for all. It represents a shift from the old pattern of competition for supremacy between two communities to a new concern to transform the nature of the question in the pursuit of common interests.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 15; Institution building and the peace process: the challenge of implementation Lecture Series; 4
Copyright (published version): The authors, 2001
Keywords: Good FridayNorthern IrelandEquality
Subject LCSH: Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1969-
Equality before the law--Northern Ireland
Peace-building--Northern Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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