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Abdicated and Assumed Responsibilities? The Multiple Roles of Political Leadership During the Northern Ireland Peace Process

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Gormley-Heenan, Cathy (2005) Abdicated and Assumed Responsibilities? The Multiple Roles of Political Leadership During the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Civil Wars, 7 (3). pp. 195-218. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a727552131~db=all~jumptype=rss

DOI: 10.1080/13698280500423957

Abstract

Challenging some of the existing analyses on the role of political leadership during peace processes, this article argues that it is more important to emphasise the multiplicity of roles that a leader is likely to undertake during a peace process rather than focus on any primary role. However, the article further argues that in the context of Northern Ireland the multiplicity of roles led to a degree of role confusion and role conflict among the elite not least because many of their roles seemed often contradictory or incompatible with one another. It concludes that such confusions, conflict and contradictions have the potential to further cloud our understandings of political leadership during the Northern Ireland peace process rather than crystallise the phenomenon.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
ID Code:6626
Deposited By:Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan
Deposited On:19 Jan 2010 11:54
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:51

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