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Progressive or regressive? the Anglo-Irish agreement as a dynamic in the Northern Ireland polity.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1993
<mark>Journal</mark>Irish Political Studies
Issue number1
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article seeks to compare unionist and nationalist attitudes to the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA), in an effort to determine whether the Agreement has had a positive or negative impact upon the Northern Ireland community. It will be argued that viewed through narrow criteria the Agreement has achieved some success, but that its longer-term objectives of securing peace and inter-communal toleration are no closer to being realised today than they were in November 1985. A central theme within the text is that institutional frameworks such as the AIA are often unable to maintain their original strategic objectives due to the essentially reactive nature of government.