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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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Could your political thesis find a wider audience?

Guest post by Michael Brennan, Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post. Every year, there are hundreds of theses completed by students of political science. Some may make it into academic journals and others are the source material for articles in the opinion pages of newspapers or are highlighted by the Political Studies Association of Ireland…

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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…