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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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    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2006 by the Social Science History Association and Duke University Press.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > 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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