The Armalite and the ballot box: Sinn Feins electoral strategy in Northern Ireland
Since the start of the Northern Ireland conflict in 1969, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) has been committed to a military campaign to achieve a British withdrawal from the province. The adoption of a parallel electoral strategy in the 1980s and 1990s represents a fundamental change of tactics. This article outlines the background to this change, and analyses the electoral success of the IRA's political wing, Sinn Fein. Using survey data collected over four decades, the results show that Sinn...[Show more]
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