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Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland

Steve Bruce


Ian Paisley is unique in having founded his own church and party, and led both to success. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster (FPCU) now has 150 congregations worldwide. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is now the most popular party in Northern Ireland and, as the leader of the majority unionist population, Paisley has a veto over political developments in the province. This book draws on the author's twenty years of close acquaintance with Paisley's people and on his knowledge of religion and politics in other settings to describe and explain Paisleyism. Paisley's religious identity wa ... More

Keywords: Ulster unionism, religion, politics, political violence, fundamentalism, Democratic Unionist Party, British Government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199281022
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Bruce, author
Head of School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen
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