Northern Ireland and the European Union
The political dynamics
in Northern Ireland and the European Union
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This chapter explores the different ways in which the EU has been associated with Northern Ireland politics in the broadest sense – i.e. how it has contributed to addressing the conflict and also its impact on political parties, interest groups and notions of identity. It notes that the EU’s impact on resolving the Northern Ireland conflict has been largely benign. For Northern Ireland political parties, the EU has typically been an issue of low political salience. Interest groups traditionally played an important role in terms of delivering services and engaging with the EU, but the introduction of devolution has undermined their role and vitality. On issues of identity, the EU has not had a neutralising impact on national identity. The question of governance. In terms of political dynamics, the EU has not produced a more governance-driven approach in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland and the European Union

The dynamics of a changing relationship

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