World Opinion and the Northern Ireland Peace Process

  • Frank Louis Rusciano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Frank Louis Rusciano
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  3. Frank Louis Rusciano
    Pages 85-120
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 187-202

About this book


This book uniquely combines global opinion theory with the English school of international relations to explain the effects of world opinion on the Northern Ireland peace process. It begins by analyzing the reasons why the civil rights movement imported from the United States ended in the Troubles. It traces how national identity now arises in Northern Ireland as a negotiation between the area’s international image and its citizens’ national consciousness. Rusciano illustrates how world opinion affects patterns of speech and silencing, and the effect this has on the peace process. He also shows how those negotiating the peace were affected by world opinion. Finally, the volume concludes by describing a possible path toward completing the peace process consistent with world opinion. 


Good Friday agreement Belfast peace agreement Irish politics Comparative politics Northern Irish identity ethnic conflict religious conflict Catholicism Protestantism Unionists Republicans

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Louis Rusciano
    • 1
  1. 1.University in LawrenceTownshipUSA

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