Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
I am a Professor in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. My primary research interests are in the fields of legislative behaviour, party politics, electoral systems and European Union politics. I am also actively involved in the Irish National Election Study and the Irish Candidates Study and recent published work in this area explores the continued under-representation of women in politics.
RECENT PUBLISHED WORK
CAMPAIGNS AND THE SELECTION OF POLICY-SEEKING REPRESENTATIVES
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Can voters learn meaningful information about candidates from their electoral campaigns? As with job market hiring, voters, like employers, cannot know the productivity of candidates, especially challengers, when they elect them. The real productivity of representatives only reveals itself after the election. We explore if the information revealed during the “hiring process” is a good signal of the legislative effort of elected representatives.
VOTER PREFERENCES AND PARTY LOYALTY UNDER CUMULATIVE VOTING
In this paper we examine what happens when cumulative voting is introduced in two German states. Even when we allow for tactical considerations, we find that the principle of unconstrained choice is not widely embraced by voters.
In 2016 the Republic of Ireland joined over fifty countries worldwide in the adoption of candidate gender quotas. This sudden influx of a very large number of female nominees into the candidate pool offers us an excellent opportunity to definitively examine whether Irish voters are truly gender blind.In 2016 the Republic of Ireland joined over fifty countries worldwide in the adoption of candidate gender quotas.
A Conservative Revolution? examines underlying voter attitudes in the Republic of Ireland in the period 2002-11. Drawing on three national election studies the book follows party system evolution and voter behaviour from boom to bust.
Party competition in most industrialized democracies is defined in terms of a general left-right rivalry. But amongst established democracies, Ireland has traditionally been the odd one out. This chapter examines if the terms Left and Right are any more consequential to the Irish electorate in the 21st century and whether or not there is underlying ideological substance to their usage.
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DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
July 2015 - May 2019
HEAD OF THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PHILOSPHY
July 2013 - June 2015
HEAD OF THE DEPT. OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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