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A Populist Vote in the 2016 General Election in Ireland?

Guest post by Dr Deirdre Tinney (independent researcher) and Dr Stephen Quinlan (GESIS Leibniz Institute, Mannheim) Immigration…Populism…Brexit…Trump… These words had become clarion calls by the end of 2016. Parties and politicians articulating what are regarded as populist views have gained increasing electoral success in many democracies over recent years – including European countries from Austria…

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Testing times for political science

On October 15 1987 the senior and well respected BBC weatherman, Michael Fish failed to predict the onset of the worst storm to hit the South of England in three centuries. That incident is emblazoned in the annals of the weather forecasting industry, resulting in some serious rethinking about how to deal with extreme events.…

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Skipping ‘Left’ and ‘Right’

Guest post from Prof Donncha Kavanagh (UCD) donncha.kavanagh@ucd.ie Much media commentary on the general election has been framed around the notion that the Irish parliamentary system should finally rid itself of its Civil War legacy and embrace the Left-Right system of political discourse that befits a modern democracy.  However, there are profound weaknesses in this…