A Conservative Revolution?: Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century Ireland by Michael MarshA Conservative Revolution?: Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century Ireland by Michael Marsh

A Conservative Revolution?: Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century Ireland

EditorMichael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Gail McElroy

Hardcover | April 8, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 630 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-2 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The 2011 general election in the Republic of Ireland, which took place against a backdrop of economic collapse, was one of the most dramatic ever witnessed. The most notable outcome was the collapse of Fianna Fail, one of the world's most enduring and successful parties. In comparative termsFianna Fail's defeat was among the largest experienced by a major party in the history of parliamentary democracy. It went from being the largest party in the state (a position it had held since 1932) to being a bit player in Irish political life. And yet ultimately, there was much that remained thesame, perhaps most distinctly of all the fact that no new parties emerged. It was, if anything, a "conservative revolution". A Conservative Revolution? examines underlying voter attitudes in the period 2002-11. Drawing on three national election studies the book follows party system evolution and voter behaviour from boom to bust. These data permits an unprecedented insight into a party system and its voters at a time ofgreat change, as the country went through a period of rapid growth to become one of Europe's wealthiest states in the early twenty-first century to economic meltdown in the midst of the international Great Recession, all of this in the space of a single decade. In the process, this study exploresmany of the well-established norms and conventional wisdoms of Irish electoral behaviour that make it such an interesting case study for comparison with other industrialized democracies.
Michael Marsh is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and Emeritus Professor of Political Science in Trinity College University of Dublin. He has published over 100 professional articles and book chapters on parties, elections and public opinion, and was principal investigator for the 2002, 2007 and 2011 Irish National Election Studies,...
Title:A Conservative Revolution?: Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century IrelandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:April 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019874403X

ISBN - 13:9780198744030

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Michael Laver: ForewordEditors' Preface1. Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, and Gail McElroy: Introduction: The 2011 Election in Context2. James Tilley and John Garry: Class Politics in Ireland: How Economic Catastrophe Realigned Irish Politics Along Economic Divisions3. Kevin M. Leyden and Michael S. Lewis-Beck: The Economy and the Vote in Irish National Elections4. Patrick Bernhagen and Heinz Brandenburg: Voting Through Boom and Bust: Information and Choice at Irish General Elections, 2002-20115. Gail McElroy: Party Competition in Ireland: the Emergence of a Left-Right Dimension?6. Shaun Bowler and David M. Farrell: The Lack of Party System Change in Ireland in 20117. Cees van Der Eijk and Johan A. Elkink: How Generational Replacement Undermined the Electoral Resilience of Fianna Fail and Facilitated its 2011 Electoral Meltdown8. Robert Thomson: The Malleable Nature of Party Identification9. Michael Gallagher and Jane Suiter: Pathological Parochialism or a Valuable Service? Attitudes to the Constituency Role of Irish Parliamentarians10. Andre Blais, Carol Galais, and Theresa Reidy: In the Line of Duty: The Moral Basis of Turnout in the 2011 Irish Election11. Michael Marsh: After 2011: Continuing the Revolution12. Eoin O'Malley and R. Kenneth Carty: A Conservative Revolution? The Disequilibrium of Irish PoliticsAppendix: The INES 2011 Questionnaire