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The dynamics of Orangeism in Scotland: social sources of political influence in a mass-member organization, 1860-2001

Kaufmann, Eric P. (2006) The dynamics of Orangeism in Scotland: social sources of political influence in a mass-member organization, 1860-2001. Social Science History 30 (2), pp. 263-292. ISSN 0145-5532.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/01455532-30-2-263

Abstract

Like other voluntary associations, fraternities such as the Orange Order underpin political cleavages. The membership dynamics behind such associations are less clear. Rival theories attribute membership fluctuations alternatively to changes in social capital, economic structure, culture, or events. This article uses a pooled time-series cross-sectional model to evaluate competing hypotheses for the period since 1860. Results suggest that membership was linked to longer-term shifts in ethnic boundaries rather than structural or social capital variables, with events playing an intermediate role. Scottish Protestant mobilization against Catholics was less important than Irish Protestant ethnicity, but both were key. Finally, the order has been numerically weaker than many believe; hence its inability—even during the apex of its influence—to shape Tory policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2006 by the Social Science History Association and Duke University Press.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/436

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