The Influence of Religion and Ethnonationalism on Public Attitudes towards Amnesty: Northern Ireland as a Case Study

John D. Brewer, Bernadette C. Hayes

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The granting of amnesties has now become a cornerstone of peacebuilding efforts in societies emerging from conflict. Yet, the impact of the role of religion and ethnicity in determining attitudes towards such arrangements has not been empirically assessed. Mindful of this omission, this article investigates the relationship between a range of religious measures – religious practices and beliefs in and about God – and ethnonationalist identity on public attitudes toward amnesty in Northern Ireland. Based on nationally representative survey data, the results suggest that although Protestants are significantly more opposed to such an initiative than Catholics, both religious beliefs and ethnonational identity are significant, albeit divergent, net predictors with respect to their differing views.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-411
Number of pages19
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number4
Early online date2 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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