Breaking ranks: the emergence of representative associations in the Irish armed forces 1989-1992

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dc.contributor.advisor McCarthy, Andrew
dc.contributor.advisor Cosgrave, Michael
dc.contributor.author Martin, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-17T15:36:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-17T15:36:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.date.submitted 2011-05-13
dc.identifier.citation Martin, M., 2010. Breaking ranks: the emergence of representative associations in the Irish armed forces 1989-1992. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/309
dc.description.abstract This study contexualises the relationship between the armed forces and the civil authority in Ireland using and revising the theoretical framework advanced by Huntington. It tracks the evolution of the idea of a representive body for soldiers in the late 1980s, to the setting up of statutory associations under the Defence Amendment Act 1990. The study considers Irish soldiers political agitation and their use of peaceful democratic activities to achieve their aims. It highlights the fundamental policy arguments that were made against the idea of representation for the army and positions those arguments in the study of civil-military relations. Utilising unique access to secret Department of Defence files, it reveals in-depth ideological arguments advanced by the military authories in Ireland against independent representation. This thesis provides an academic study of the establishment of PDFORRA. It answers key questions regarding the change in the position of Irish government who were categorically opposed to the idea of representation in the army. It illustrates the involvement of other agencies such as the European Organisation of Military Associations (Euromil) reveals reciprocal support by the Irish associations to other emerging groups in Spain. Accessing as yet unpublished Department of Defence files, study analyses tension between the military authorities and the government. It highlights for the first time the role of enlisted personnel in the shaping of new state structures and successfully dismmisses Huntingtons theoretical contention that enlisted personnel are of no consequence in the study of civil-military relations. It fills a gap in our understanding, identified by Finer, as to how politicisation of soldiers takes place. This thesis brings a new dimension to the discipline of civil-military relations and creates new knowledge that will enhance our understanding of an area not covered previously. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://library.ucc.ie/record=b2009375~S0
dc.rights © 2011, Michael Martin en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject PDFORRA en
dc.subject Representative associations in Ireland en
dc.subject The right of association en
dc.subject Freedom of assembly and association en
dc.subject Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association en
dc.subject.lcsh Civil-military relations--Ireland--History en
dc.subject.lcsh Ireland--Armed Forces--Political activity en
dc.subject.lcsh Ireland --Armed Forces--History--20th century en
dc.title Breaking ranks: the emergence of representative associations in the Irish armed forces 1989-1992 en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD Arts en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school History en


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