Continuity or dissidence?
Dissident republican strategies and campaigns
in Spoiling the peace?
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In order to further explore the politics of dissident groups rather than merely military aspects, this chapter focuses on group strategy, republican unity and campaigns. Presenting a critique of the mainstream republican movement is the easy part for dissident organisations but do they provide a serious alternative to Sinn Féin? Through policy documents and the use of original interview material this chapter argues that the problem for dissidents comes in advancing a credible alternative strategy.

The negatives facing dissidents are ultimately their lack of support and the feeling among most nationalists that Sinn Féin presents the only credible political vehicle for republicanism. By considering the impact of political prisoner campaigns, parades, anti-social concerns, historical lineage and lack of economic progress this chapter considers whether dissidents may be able to make an impact at a localised level.

Spoiling the peace?

The threat of dissident Republicans to peace in Northern Ireland



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