The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power

Hardcover | July 23, 2014

byJonathan Tonge, Maire Braniff, Thomas Hennessey

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The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has moved from a religion-dominated protest party to a pragmatic party of government in Northern Ireland, the most popular in the region, with more votes, Assembly seats, and MPs than any of its rivals. This book draws upon the first-ever survey of theparty's members, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, along with over one hundred interviews, to analyse their views on the transformation undergone by the DUP. The book analyses what categories of individual make up the DUP, ranging from religious fundamentalists or moderates, detailing the religiouscomposition of the party. How Free Presbyterian or Orange is the modern DUP and how is its membership changing? What identity do those members hold? The book then assesses the attitudes of members to the contemporary power-sharing arrangements in a divided society. How comfortable is the DUP to sharing political spoils with the republican "enemy"? How supportive are members of the Executive and Assembly in Northern Ireland and what progress dothey think has been made? The book also dissects the modern fears of DUP members, ranging from the dilution of religious fervour to continuing fears over security and opposition to policing reforms. Attitudes to unity with other Unionist groups are explored, as are the prospects of capturing supportfrom Catholic supporters of Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom.Drawing upon unprecedented access to a party traditionally suspicious of outsiders, this book offers a unique insight into how an opposition party grounded in religious principles has accommodated change and broadened its appeal, whilst retaining most of its traditional hardcore membership.

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The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has moved from a religion-dominated protest party to a pragmatic party of government in Northern Ireland, the most popular in the region, with more votes, Assembly seats, and MPs than any of its rivals. This book draws upon the first-ever survey of theparty's members, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, ...

Jonathan Tonge has produced fifteen books and over fifty chapters and journal articles on British and Irish politics and worked on five ESRC and two Leverhulme Trust programmes in the last decade. Recent books include Comparative Peace Processes (Polity 2014) Loyal to the Core: Orangeism and Britishness in Northern Ireland (Irish Acad...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198705778

ISBN - 13:9780198705772

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. 'Never, never, never, never': the DUP 1971-20032. The DUP Says Yes3. Who Are the Modern Members?4. Changing Discourses5. Britishness, Identity and Belonging6. Still for God and Ulster? Religion and Faith7. Electoral Politics8. Women and the DUP: The 'Backbone of the Party'ConclusionList of Interviewees and Focus Groups