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7th Edition

Politics in the Republic of Ireland

  • Available for pre-order on June 7, 2023. Item will ship after June 28, 2023
ISBN 9781032357652
June 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
528 Pages 43 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Building on the success of previous editions, Politics in the Republic of Ireland continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of government and politics in this 7th edition.

Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyses and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes. It devotes chapters to every aspect of contemporary Irish government and politics, including the political parties and elections, the constitution, deliberative democracy, referendums, the Taoiseach and the governmental system, women and politics, the position of the Dáil, and Ireland’s place within the European Union.

Bringing readers up to date with the very latest developments, especially with the upheaval in the Irish party system and the implications of recent liberalising referendums, PRI7 combines substance with a highly readable style, providing an accessible book that meets the needs of all those who are interested in knowing how politics and government operate in Ireland.

Table of Contents

The context of Irish politics 1 The historical background – John Coakley (UCD) 2 Political culture and societal change – John Coakley (UCD) and Theresa Reidy (UCC) 3 The constitution – Michael Gallagher (TCD) Representative democracy at work 4 The electoral system and its political consequences – Michael Gallagher (TCD) 5 Parties and the party system – Liam Weeks (UCC) 6 Voting behaviour – Kevin Cunningham (TUD) and Michael Marsh (TCD) 7 Participatory democracy: referendums and citizens’ assemblies – Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Jane Suiter (DCU) 8 Parliament and president – Catherine Lynch (HO) and Muiris MacCarthaigh (QUB) 9 Women in politics – Fiona Buckley (UCC) and Yvonne Galligan (TUD) Policy and administration 10 The government and the Taoiseach – Eoin O’Malley (DCU) and Shane Martin (UE) 11 Interest groups in the policy-making process – Gary Murphy (DCU) 12 The media and politics – Kevin Rafter (DCU) and Dawn Wheatley (DCU) Ireland in a wider world 13 Northern Ireland and the British dimension – John Coakley (UCD) 14 Europe and the international dimension – Mary C. Murphy (UCC) and John O’Brennan (MU)

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John Coakley is a fellow of the Geary Institute in University College Dublin, and emeritus professor there.

Michael Gallagher is emeritus professor of comparative politics at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Eoin O'Malley is associate professor in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

Theresa Reidy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork.


Quite simply this is the best introduction to modern Irish politics that has ever been produced. The editors have assembled an impressive cast of the relevant experts on all the expected themes. Now in its seventh edition this book just keeps getting better and better.

Paul Mitchell, London School of Economics, UK


Politics in the Republic of Ireland is the place to start for an understanding of Irish politics. This lively new up-to-date 7th edition confirms the book’s place at the top of any reading list.

R. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia, Canada