Abortion Law and Political Institutions

Explaining Policy Resistance

  • Jennifer┬áThomson

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 19-50
  4. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 51-81
  5. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 83-110
  6. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 137-163
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    Pages 165-196
  8. Jennifer Thomson
    Pages 197-215
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 217-232

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive study of abortion politics and policy in Northern Ireland. Whilst there is a substantial amount of literature on abortion in Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, there has been scant academic attention paid to the situation in Northern Ireland. Adopting a feminist institutionalist framework, the book illustrates the ways in which abortion has been addressed at both the national institution at Westminster and the devolved institution at Stormont. Covering the period from early peace process in the 1980s to the present day, the text will be of interest to politics scholars, but also sociologists, historians and students of Irish studies. 


Abortion Law 1967 Abortion Act Abortion in Northern Ireland Abortion Feminist Institutionalism Abortion in United Kingdom Abortion UK 20th century Good Friday Agreement 1945 Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Act

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer┬áThomson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BathBathUK

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