The Irish Voter
The Nature of Electoral Competition in the Republic of Ireland
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Irish Voter by Michael Marsh
Book DescriptionThis pioneering analysis uses the results from the first ever Irish election study to provide a comprehensive survey of the motives, outlook and behaviour of voters in the Republic of Ireland. Building on the foundations laid down by previous work on comparative electoral behaviour, it explores long-term influences on vote choice, such as party loyalties and enduring values, as well as short-term ones, such as the economy, the party leaders and the candidates themselves. It also examines how people use their vote and why so many people do not vote at all. Many features of Irish elections make such a detailed study particularly important. The single transferable vote system allows voters an unusual degree of freedom to pick the candidates they prefer, while electoral trends observed elsewhere can be found in a more extreme form in Ireland. For example, attachment to parties is very low, differences between them are often obscure, candidate profiles are very high and turnout is falling rapidly. However, Irish elections defy international trends in other respects, most notably in the degree of personal contact parties and candidates make with their voters. Findings are presented in a manner that is highly accessible to anyone with an interest in elections, electoral systems and electoral behaviour. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in Irish politics and is an important text for students of European Politics, Parties and Elections, Comparative Politics and Political Sociology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719077326
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Marsh
How Ireland Voted 2011, Hardback (October 2011)
The collapse of the Irish 'Celtic Tiger' economy, in the wake of a banking disaster, provoked a joint EU/IMF rescue plan in late 2010. The election that followed saw Europe's most successful ever party lose more than half of its vote and almost three quarters of its seats. This book provides the definitive analysis of an electoral earthquake.
How Ireland Voted 2007: The Full Story of Ireland's General Election, Hardback (November 2007)
The 2007 election in Ireland came after the successful Northern Ireland peace process and over a decade of rapid economic growth. This book examines what happened; analyzes the election results, the opinion poll evidence and the media coverage to establish why it happened; and assesses the long-term significance.
How Ireland Voted 1997, Paperback (June 1999)View all books by Michael Marsh
"Since the elections of 1987, the Political Studies Association of Ireland has published books on each Irish general election. This latest volume covers the 1997 elections and is the first study to pro"
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Author Biography - Michael Marsh
Michael Marsh is Associate Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Richard Sinnott is Professor of Politics at University College Dublin. John Garry is Lecturer in Politics at Queen's University Belfast. Fiachra Kennedy is Research Fellow in the Geary Institute, University College Dublin
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