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The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power

Jonathan Tonge, Maire Braniff, Thomas Hennessey, James W. McAuley, and Sophie Whiting


The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland has undergone a remarkable transformation. Having been a party of opposition and protest for decades following its foundation in 1971, the DUP is now the leading party of government in the region, one which dominates unionist politics. The party moved from a religiously influenced determination to face down the ‘enemies of Ulster’ to acceptance of the need to share power with those ‘enemies’ in the form of Sinn Féin. In so agreeing, via the 2006 St Andrews Agreement, the DUP secured the sharing of power first attempted in the 1998 Belfast ... More

Keywords: Democratic Unionist Party membership, Northern Ireland Protestants, unionists, power-sharing, Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705772
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Tonge, author
Professor of Politics, University of Liverpool

Maire Braniff, author
Lecturer In Sociology, University of Ulster

Thomas Hennessey, author
Professor of Modern British and Irish History, Canterbury Christ Church University