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4th Edition

Politics in the Republic of Ireland

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ISBN 9780415280662
Published December 3, 2004 by Routledge
532 Pages

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Book Description

Politics in the Republic of Ireland is now available in a fully revised fourth edition. Building on the success of the previous three editions, this text continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of politics in the Republic of Ireland. Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyzes and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes. Crucially, it brings the student up-to-date with the very latest developments.

New patterns of government formation, challenges to the established political parties, ever-deepening, if sometimes ambivalent, involvement in the process of European integration, a growing role in the politics of Northern Ireland and sustained discussion of gender issues are among these developments – along with evidence, revealed by several tribunals of enquiry, that Irish politics is not as free of corruption as many had assumed.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Foundations of Statehood  1. The Foundations of Statehood  2. Society and Political Culture  3. The Constitution and the Judiciary  Part 2: Representative Democracy at Work  4. The Rules of the Electoral Game  5. The Party System  6. Parties and Society  7. Voting Behaviour  8. Parliament  9. The Constituency Role of Dáil Deputies  10. Women in Politics  Part 3: Policy and Administration  11. The President and the Taoiseach  12. The Government and the Governmental System  13. Interest Groups in the Policy Making Process  14. Multi-Level Governance  Part 4: Ireland in a Wider World  15. Northern Ireland and the British Dimension  16. Europe and the International Dimension

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John Coakley is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at University College Dublin. He is a vice president of the International Social Science Council and former secretary general of the International Political Science Association.

Michael Gallagher is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, University of Dublin, where he teaches Irish politics and comparative politics. He has also been a visiting professor at New York University and the City University of Hong Kong.