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Title: Intra-party democracy in Northern Ireland : selecting leaders, candidates and policy
Author: Matthews, Neil
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 455X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis provides a comparative systematic analysis of intra-party democracy in Northern Ireland. Despite Northern Ireland's reputation as arguably 'the most heavily researched area on earth' (Whyte, 1990: vii) the internal organisation of its political parties is a sub-topic which has received scant and fleeting attention. The thesis, therefore, has two primary objectives: 1. To explore the nature of intra-party democracy in each of Northern Ireland's five main political parties, through analysis of their internal decision-making procedures: leadership selection, candidate selection and policy selection. 2. To account for instances of organisational change in relation to these procedures over the course of each party's lifetime and situate Northern Ireland's parties in a wider context.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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