China’s Long March to Modernity

Beijing’s response to the award of the Nobel Peace Price to a leading Chinese dissident tells us something important about the country’s transition By Joern-Carsten Gottwald, Neil Collins and Andrew Cottey For the first time in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was awarded this…

Gemma Hussey calls for a Single Issue Group for the promotion of women in Irish Politics

(uploaded by Fiona Buckley on behalf of the PSAI Gender Politics SG)  At a conference in UCC in September (Moving in from the Margins: Women’s Political Representation in Ireland) organised by the PSAI Gender Politics Specialist Group and UCC’s Women’s Studies Programme, former Minister Gemma Hussey called for the establishment of an organisation to promote…

Paradise Deferred: Party Politics, Constitutional change, and the long finger in Ireland

By Bill Kissane. There are  different ways of involving the public in higher law making. Constitutions can be drafted  by constituent assemblies or constitutional conventions directly elected  for that purpose. Constitutional change can result from extraordinary public debates  outside the  formal representative arena,  when  a majority of the people   back radical change. Alternatively, the people…

Towards the 2011 general election: Where are all the women candidates?

By Claire McGing (on behalf of the PSAI Gender and Politics specialist group) The recent failure of the talented Labour Dublin City councillor Rebecca Moynihan to win a nomination to run in Dublin South-Central in the upcoming general election (the three candidates who were selected are all male councillors) has once again raised questions about…

The Budget Process

Theresa Reidy and John Considine 7th December, 2010 The most discussed budget in decades in due today. The budget is the main feature in the Finance calendar in any country but this year, the Irish budget is likely to be the centre of international attention. Budget 2011 will be exceptional for a variety of reasons.…