Building Democracy in Ireland: Political Order and Cultural Integration in a Newly Independent Nation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Most of the independent nations of the twentieth century have been racked by political disorder and social instability. Ireland is one of the few to have successfully established a stable democratic order. In this book, Jeffrey Prager examines the first decade of Irish independence in order to explain how the Republic of Ireland achieved democracy. In so doing, he provides a deeper understanding of the Irish case while shedding light on the process of democratic consolidation in modern state-building. His combination of political and cultural approaches also contributes to the development of a political sociology that encompasses the problem of cultural meaning as a crucial domain of analysis. By exploring the interconnections between political structures, social activities, and cultural legacies, he promotes an awareness of the vital dimensions of political life and institutions.

Table of Contents

Democracy in Ireland: Theoretical and Empirical Problems
Introduction: theoretical considerations in the study of political stability in new nations
Irish cultural schisms and the meaning of political disorder
The free state constitution and the institutionalisation of value strains
Patterns of Crisis Resolution in the Irish Free State, 1922-1932
The Army mutiny and normative political challenges
The boundary commission crisis and the development of strategies of political efficacy
The limits of effective rule: the assassination of Kevin O'Higgins and its aftermath
The Character of Irish Democracy
The democratic achievement in Ireland: the reconciliation of culture and politics
The uniqueness of Irish democracy
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