Where should we “Park” the Taoiseach?

  Stewards Lodge on the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate, the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Source: Wikipedia/ By Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork * Unlike many other countries around the world, the Irish state does not provide an official residence for its Head of Government. Recently however, it was revealed that current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his…

The Inexorable Rise of the Pandemic State? Second-Guessing the long-term political repercussions of COVID 19

(all images from Wikipedia/open source unless otherwise attributed)   By Dr. Brendan Flynn (NUI Galway)* When COVID-19 ends as a pandemic, what will be the political repercussions? Will there be lasting consequences for states and their relationships with citizens, markets or societies more generally? How about the following as suggestions? Western states will for the…

A timely critique of Majority Voting system (by way of Book and Road Trip!)

(above book launch in Sarajevo) By Peter Emerson Just published, Majority Voting as a Catalyst of Populism (Springer, Heidelberg)  —  https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783030202187  —  is a critique of binary decision-making.  Binary politics are everywhere: in the Dáil although there are better methodologies; in referendums as in Brexit, which was crazy; in Northern Ireland, where the very cause…

Bye-elections Digest 2019

   Dr. Theresa Reidy, University College Cork Bye-elections are odd political events. The likelihood of a single vote having an impact on government survival is marginal, even in the relatively tight arithmetic of the current Dáil. And in some way, voters seem to know this. The four bye-elections in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin…

DECISIONS, DECISIONS BINARY OR MULTI-OPTION AND/OR PREFERENTIAL VOTES By Peter Emerson, Director de Borda Institute

We cannot determine a collective opinion, if those concerned do not state their individual opinions, if they vote only ‘no’.   Logically, an ‘Option X, yes-or-no? (‘remain-or-leave?)’ ballotcannot identify “the will of the people”. Furthermore, when there is no majority for any one thing, there is a majority against every single thing. In June 2016,…