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This tape gives a conceptual framework for understanding Northern Irish politics. In one sense the tape as a primer to those who would try to understand Northern Irish politics is perhaps more abstract than newcomers can make sense of, it is valuable because it tells in general tems why things do not work and never have worked in this country. We would like there to be easy solutions to the conflicts in Northern Ireland and this tape tells us that for resolution to happen people would have to be able to work together, negotiate, and accept that opposite partners in conflictual relationships have valid points of view and group interests that must be acknowledged and satisfied for the society to move forward. This kind of understanding and negotiating not only fail to occur in Northern Ireland but people involved in politics seem to lack the skills necessary for society-wide politics to function in an effective way. That is the message of this tape.
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