Smaointe: Assessing the parties’ reform proposals

David Farrell (UCD), Eoin O’Malley (DCU), Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Jane Suiter (DCU) Smaointe (meaning ‘Ideas’) has been founded by a group of political scientists to promote an agenda of political reform in Ireland. As part of our strategy to promote political reform, we have undertaken an assessment of the political reform proposals included in…

Reflections on the new architecture of European economic governance – 27 November

Posted on behalf of Dr Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan Since 2009, many articles and books have been written on the causes to the Eurozone crisis, the potential solutions as well as their consequences for European economic integration. Most of the literature has taken a liberal intergovernmentalist approach or even ‘new intergovermentalist’ stance which focuses on the prevalence…

Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 16-18 October, Cork

The annual conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland will take place this weekend (16-18 October) in the Metropole Hotel in Cork. Information on conference registration is available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/psai/ Please see below for more information on the roundtables, keynotes and parallel sessions over the weekend. For more information, please contact Dr Theresa Reidy…

Upcoming Workshop: Electoral Management Policies and Priorities

Electoral Management Policies and Priorities On 16 October 2015, there will be a half-day workshop looking at electoral management practices in Ireland and abroad. The programme includes election specialists working on electoral management bodies, voter registration and the regulation of political parties. The workshop is taking place in the Metropole Hotel in Cork and everyone is…

Social Background and Political Attitudes

  Posted on behalf of Michael Courtney, Dublin City University This blog outlines the main arguments from a recent article published in Irish Political Studies by the author. The article is available free to download until the end of August at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07907184.2015.1021796 There is considerable contemporary interest in maximising the efficacy of Irish democracy. This has…

Upcoming Event: The Marriage Referendum; Predicting the General Election

Everyone is welcome at this post referendum seminar organised by the Voters, Parties and Elections Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.The seminar will include presentations using data from the 2015 Referendum Study. Please email Jane or Theresa on voterspartieselections@gmail.com to confirm your attendance for catering purposes. Further information on the referendum study is…