The Irish Voter The Nature of Electoral Competition in the Republic of Ireland

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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The Irish Voterprovides the first comprehensive, academic survey of the motives, outlook, and behavior of voters in the Republic of Ireland. It explores long-term influences on voter choice, the economy, party leaders, and the candidates themselves. It also examines how vote and why many do not vote at all. Findings are assessed both within an Irish and a more comparative context. Ireland uses an electoral system that gives voters an unusual degree of freedom to pick the candidates they prefer: the single transferable vote. 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 buck international trends as campaigns rely very heavily on personal contact between parties and the voters.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
How people voted
The evidence for cleavage politics
The extent and meaning of party attachment
Credit and blame for the ‘Celtic Tiger’
Leaders and their parties
Grassroots campaigning
Parties or candidates?
Adding it all up
Voter turnout: the need for facilitation and mobilization
Details of the Survey
The Electoral System
Table for Chapter 9
Questionnaire with Frequency Distributions
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