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.
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 World15. Northern Ireland and the British Dimension 16. Europe and the International Dimension