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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415280672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415280679
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,855,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Politics in the Republic of Ireland is now well established as the definitive, comprehensive study of Irish politics.  This is a 'must buy' for any course on Irish politics, a 'must read' for any student of the subject, or even a casual, interested observer of all things Irish." - David Farrell, University College Dublin, Ireland

"This remains THE authoritative source for anyone needing a comprehensive grounding in the government and politics of modern Ireland. The editors have assembled an outstanding team of authors who write accessibly on important topics about which they deep knowledge." - Michael Laver, New York University, USA

"Politics in the Republic of Ireland is the place to start for an understanding of Irish politics. This new lively and up-to-date edition confirms the book’s place at the top of the list." - R. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia, Canada

"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." - Paul Mitchell, West European Politics

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Politics in the Republic of Ireland 4th edition builds on the success of previous editions to provide a full overview of politics and government in one of the most dynamic societies in Europe.

It gives a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the political and governmental processes. It begins with three chapters on the context of politics, which establish the consequences of Ireland’s distinctive historical background, show the extent of recent changes in Irish society, explore the rapidly-changing political culture, and analyse the impact of a rigid constitution interpreted by perhaps the most activist judiciary in western Europe.

A number of chapters discuss the main actors of representative democracy. The political consequences of Ireland’s virtually unique electoral system, PR-STV, are examined, and three chapters assess the relationship between political parties and Irish society, looking at the changing party system and the recent rise of new political forces, party linkages with society, and voting behaviour at a time of social change. The complex relationship between parliament and government is analysed, along with the reasons for and the consequences of the strong focus of Irish parliamentarians upon constituency-related activities. The reasons for the under-representation of women in Irish politics and society, and the possible consequences of this, are explored.

Four chapters consider policy and administration. The extent to which the president and the prime minister can and do perform a political leadership role is explored, as is the operation of what was previously Westminster-style cabinet government during a period when coalition government has become the norm. Policy-making in Ireland in recent years has been characterised by extensive involvement by interest groups, whose role is discussed in detail, and the theme of multi-level governance and the possible ‘hollowing-out’ of the state is explored.

Ireland’s external relationships are examined in two chapters, one dealing with Anglo–Irish relations with particular regard to Northern Ireland, the other focusing on Ireland’s membership of the European Union.

Finally, extensive appendices present a wide range of current and historical data on Irish society and politics.

What’s new?

Through its previous three editions Politics in the Republic of Ireland has established itself as the standard textbook on Irish politics. It is used as the main textbook in every Irish university, and in universities elsewhere where courses in Irish Politics or Irish Studies are taught.

For the fourth edition the book has been extensively revised and updated to keep pace with changing political and social developments. Existing chapters have been thoroughly revised and refreshed, and three new chapters have been included, covering voting behaviour (based on analysis of Ireland’s first-ever national election study), multi-level governance, and the Irish–British relationship. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dione Todd on 17 Mar. 2012
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I was told to buy this book for my university model on British and Irish politics. I found the book very up to date and full of all the useful information I needed.

However, I also found it to be quite wordy, and perhaps went into to much detail.

But all in all covered all the important issues of Irish Politics, from its foundations to how the state has changed over time. As well as r=electoral systems, women in politics, votwe behaviour, consituencies etc
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By Mary Jenner on 14 Oct. 2014
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Good book. Easy to follow.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By touchtheclouds on 11 July 2011
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A book so boring I can't even be bothered to engage the reasons why -
lest it bring back awful memories.
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Mapping Irish Politics - a comprehensive guide 1 May 2001
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Politics in the Republic of Ireland is the most up-to-date and comprehensive text for both students and academics interested in Irish politics.
Now in its third edition, Gallagher and Coakley take the unusual step of adding substantially to their original text, bringing some of the most able commentators in the Irish field of political science together in the same volume.
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