Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
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Murphy, Mary C.
2022
August
The Political Quarterly
The Rise of the Middle Ground in Northern Ireland: What does it Mean?
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Northern Ireland middle-ground Alliance Party Brexit North-South relations Good Friday Agreement
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Among the many consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland has been how it has contributed to and coincided with some alteration of the electoral landscape. This includes the rise of the centre ground and, in particular, the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI). This article focusses specifically on how the Alliance Party, as the largest of Northern Ireland's middle ground parties, has navigated the Brexit period and with what effect. The analysis explores the implications of the growing size and strength of the Alliance Party for Northern Ireland politics, institutions, policies, north-south relations and the constitutional future. It concludes that although the nationalist versus unionist binary remains valid and consequential in Northern Ireland, it is being challenged and tested by the rise of the middle ground in ways which offer both opportunities and challenges for Northern Ireland's future.
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https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-923X.13175
https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.13175
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