https://politicalreform.ie/2017/01/17/a-populist-vote-in-the-2016-general-election-in-ireland/ – this blog post on the 2016 election is an interesting read. It’s also a very good example of what I mean by “making an argument using the evidence”. The PoliticalReform.ie site is good overall, worth taking a look!
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fips20/current – this is a link to the current issue of Irish Political Studies. This issue looks at Fianna Fail. Definitely worth a look before we discuss party politics later in the course!
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2016/02/02/debunking-myths-why-austerity-and-structural-reforms-have-had-little-to-do-with-irelands-economic-recovery/ – This blog outlines some research done in UCD, examining the role played by austerity and foreign direct investment in the economic recovery.
There is a wealth of commentary out at the moment on Ireland’s Political System. Below I’ve collected some that should be of interest. As always, feel free to send in any links you come across that you think the class would find useful.
An evaluation of the impact of gender quotas – http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gender-quotas-make-big-difference-in-election-results-722850.html
Irish Times editorial on the fracturing party system – http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/the-irish-times-view-stability-demands-a-political-re-alignment-1.2552708
From Cormac Quinn, an update on an ongoing case, which tells us a lot about accountability, and perhaps identifies alternative mechanisms for TDs to hold to government to account – http://app.newscron.com/render/6159380/378013289#.VtRGDIyLS2w
Continuing on the issue of accountability – how could more transparency help? http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/nuala-haughey-political-accountability-needs-written-records-of-decisions-1.2546943
A very thorough guide to the Irish Electoral System – http://www.thejournal.ie/how-does-prstv-work-2619448-Feb2016/
And finally – why wasn’t corruption a bigger issue in the campaign? http://politicalreform.ie/2016/02/25/why-wasnt-corruption-an-election-issue-when-it-costs-us-so-much/
As we reach the halfway mark (in material covered if not in actual time!), here are some more interesting links on questions of Irish politics. As always, if you spot something interest, do send it on to me to be included in the next set.
On the relationship between elections, the parliament and the government (thanks to Declan O’Callaghan for sending this in) http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-irish-people-do-not-get-to-elect-a-government-1.2527175
An interesting mapping of Irish political parties – https://twitter.com/WhichCandidate/status/697109563322011648
On the “Fiscal Space” (paywalled, you can get a certain number of free reads a month if you sign up) http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/dd6384fe-ce71-11e5-92a1-c5e23ef99c77.html#axzz3zal6MUOl
How much has changed since the crash? Diarmuid Ferritar argues, very little (thanks to Barry Monahan for this http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/diarmaid-ferriter-eight-years-on-and-it-is-political-business-as-usual-in-ireland-1.2515615
Following on from this week’s class, some analysis on the role of the president http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/to-sign-or-not-to-sign-presidents-bills-and-the-supreme-court-1.2531435
The Guardian weighs in on the Irish election http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/07/the-guardian-view-on-irelands-election-more-of-the-same-may-not-be-enough
Liam Weeks (who you will recognise from your text book) on independents – http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/opinion-six-myths-about-independent-tds-debunked-1.2525783
The origins of the modern Irish republican movement http://shr.gs/ACPnXTm
Main parties are failing to enthuse many voters – could this be evidence of the “hollowing out” argument? http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/main-parties-are-failing-to-enthuse-many-voters-34453298.html
Here is the first collection on links to articles that may be of interest for students in this course. If you come across any interesting articles, please send them in.
Dáil a ‘puny parliament’, say four prominent political scientists http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/d%C3%A1il-a-puny-parliament-say-four-prominent-political-scientists-1.2495411
What Irish voters really think http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/what-irish-voters-really-think-1.2515570
How should candidates for the position of Ceann Comhairle be nominated? http://wp.me/pCY2T-1xv
Guide to Ireland’s Electoral System (With thanks to Cormac Quinn) http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/LocalGovernment/Voting/FileDownLoad,1895,en.pdf
(http://www.ucd.ie/ucdtoday/2015/02-SUMMER-2015/issuu/index.html) an article on the Constitutional Convention in the most recent edition of UCD Today
And finally, a link to a video of Cass Sunstein’s recent talk in UCD on the concept of “nudges” and democracy (thanks again to Cormac Quinn for this idea) http://www.ucd.ie/socscilaw/newsandevents/garretfitzgeraldautumnschoolandlecture/
This blog will be used to post interesting news articles, opinion pieces, vidoes etc. that will be useful additional reading for the course.
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