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PaisleyReligion and Politics in Northern Ireland$
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Steve Bruce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281022.001.0001

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Church and Party

Church and Party

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(p.174) 6 Church and Party
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Paisley
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Steve Bruce (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281022.003.0006

This chapter documents the links between Paisley's church and his party. It discusses church reservations about involvement in politics and party attempts to reconcile religious preferences with vote-winning. It also considers the impact of electoral success and generational succession on the party's principles. It concludes that contrary to popular images of a party divided in young secular and older religious wings, the DUP remains firmly united.

Keywords:   FPCU, Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, DUP, Democratic Unionist Party, Orange Order, Apprentice Boys of Derry, electoral success

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