Dr Julie Yu-Wen Chen has recently co-edited (with Prof. Chih-yu Shih of National Taiwan University) Tibetan Studies in Comparative Perspective. Politics, history, and religion have long lent Tibet a glamorous air, particularly in the West. But Tibet can be understood in an astonishingly wide variety of other ways, including linguistic, ecological, environmental and climatological, geographical, geological, economic, biologic, sociologic, medicinal. Tibetan Studies in Comparative Perspective touches on all the elements of the Tibet issue, offering invaluable insight to a wide variety of readers, from specialists to those with a general interest in the topic. By putting readers into the shoes of all the stakeholders, from the Dalai Lama in his home in exile and the various Tibetan exile communities, to decision makers in Beijing, New Delhi, Washington and London, the issues at stake come into bold relief. Furthermore, the book examines the potential opportunities that lay ahead, documents where and how Tibetans have been dispersed and offers a glimpse into the social and political undercurrents sending shudders through this exiled nation. With the chasm between exiles and indigenous Tibetans growing ever-larger, what challenges do Tibetans confront just to remain Tibetan? And how will this shape the future of their political movement? The book provides a timely re-examination of the contemporary predicament of Tibetans, both in and out of Tibet.
Symposium of the PSAI Deliberative and participatory democracy specialist group
Dr. Clodagh Harris, the Department of Government with Professor Jurg Steiner (University of North Carolina at chapel hill) and Professor Peter Vermeersch (KU Leuven) at the PSAI participatory and deliberative democracy specialist group’s recent symposium entitled ‘Beyond the Ballot – forms of citizen engagement between democratic elections’. This event which was attended by academics, practitioners and policy makers was co-convened by Dr. Clodagh Harris and Dr. Gemma Carney (NUIG) and funded by the IRCHSS and PSAI.
Research shows that people have ‘become more and more disenchanted with the traditional institutions of representative government, detached from political parties, and disillusioned with old forms of civic engagement and participation’ (Yetano, Royo and Acrete, 2010: 783).
This report, prepared by students of GV4404 'theories and origins of democracy and ideology' examines democratic innovations, referring to international examples, and makes specific recommendations, ranging from participatory budgeting to direct initiatives, to widen and deepen citizen engagement in the democratic process.
This report has been prepared by final year BSc Government, B.Comm and B.Comm international students.
This work has been funded by the President's award for research on innovative forms of teaching and learning.
Department of Government hosted a one day conference, Democracy, Governance and
Development in Africa on 9 February 2012. The
event included three panels on political institutions and elections,
accountability and gender mainstreaming. Government students displayed their
research on the theme at a lunch time poster presentation. This event was
jointly organised with the students of Year III of the BComm and the BSc
Government degrees and the event was generously sponsored by the Development
Education Grant Scheme of Irish Aid and supported by the College of Business and Law at UCC.
Launch of GV4404 report 'Democratic innovations for engaging and empowering citizens'
UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy at the launch of the ‘democratic innovations for engaging and empowering citizens’ report and poster exhibition in the Department of Government.
Photo (Left to Right): Corrina O’Sullivan, Tony Rodgers, Rebecca Sullivan, Dr. Clodagh Harris, UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy, Jayne Roynane, Sinead Ronan, Niamh O’Farrell, Claire O’Sullivan and Heather Fahy.
- The Department of Government continues to be research-active and the most recent book publication to emerge from the department is Understanding Chinese Politics, written by Professor Neil Collins and Dr Andrew Cottey. The Chinese political system is the subject of much media and popular comment, in part because China supports and economy with an apparently inexorable dynamic and impressive record of achievement. Understanding Chinese Politics by Collins and Cottey provides a comprehensive introduction to China’s political system, outlining the major features of the Chinese model and highlighting its claims and challenges. It explores the central role of the Chinese Communist Party in the country’s politics and the way in which the party controls most elements of the political system but also interacts with other actors. In addition, the book offers an analysis of the machinery of government examining both central government institutions and the centre’s relations with the provinces and other elements of local government. A number of themes run through the analysis. One is that an effective political system needs to generate an overall level of compliance or, at the very least, acquiescence to its authority. The book thus highlights the ways in which the Communist Party seeks to secure public support and its own legitimacy. A second theme is that a comparative approach is productive and much is to be gained by considering the Chinese system through the lens of other systems with which it shares characteristics. The book also draws parallels with previous historical periods in China’s history. Finally, it addresses the question of what role the PRC will play in global politics as whole, the implications for the West and the rebalancing of relations between China and its neighbours.
Dr Liam Weeks has recently co-edited (with Alistair Clark of Newcastle University) Radical or Redundant? Minor parties in Irish politics. The book examines the fortunes of small political parties in Ireland and asks why no new party has yet emerged. While the type of minor political party in Ireland has varied, their fate, it seems, has not. Although some enjoy a brief time in the sun, termination would appear to be the long-term prospect for all minor parties. The usual pattern is a speedy ascent, an impact on the political system including a time in government, followed by a prolonged death. This book examines this pattern of evolution for the smaller parties in Irish politics. As the Irish state has changed, so too have the types of parties that have emerged. With the first-time entry of the Greens into government in 2007, their wipe-out in 2011, the dissolution of the Progressive Democrats in 2009, and the failure of a new party to emerge despite the ongoing financial crisis, the time is ripe for this analysis. Contributors include Des O'Malley, founder of the Progressive Democrats, Dan Boyle, former Green TD and Senator, Catherine Murphy TD, and a range of Ireland's leading political scientists, including Professors John Coakley, Gary Murphy and Dr. Eoin O'Malley. The book is available from Eason’s, most bookstores and thehistorypress.ie. Its RRP is €20.
RICHARD HASLAM: RICHARD (DICK) Haslam, who has died aged 86, was a former Limerick county manager, a leading proponent of local government reform and the driving force behind University College Cork‟s Department of Public Administration (now Department of Government).
As a practitioner and lifelong student of local government in Ireland, he had an unwavering belief in the devolved system but regarded Ireland‟s highly centralised form of national government as the bane of his life.
Mature and sage, both in life and profession, he was big in stature, a good man to tell a story and had a cool head in difficult situations. To his colleagues he was, as one succinctly put it, “a friend, mentor and inspiration”.
The Department of Government
University College Cork (UCC)
Women in Politics:
From Quotas to Representation
10am – 1pm
Friday 15th June 2012
Room 212, O’Rahilly Building
University College Cork
The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, was a recent visitor to the Department of Government to deliver the 14th annual Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture. The lecture drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to UCC’s Aula Maxima who were enthralled by Bercow’s eloquent and entertaining talk on the relationship between the executive and the legislature.
As the world turns its attention to the race for the White House and the battle for control of Capitol Hill in this November’s Presidential and Congressional Elections, BSc Government student Ben English is preparing for an exciting summer living and working in Washington D.C.
Ben, who is a second year student in the BSc Government Programme, was selected from more than 350 applicants in Ireland and the UK to participate in the Washington Ireland Program (WIP). WIP is a cross-community charity which offers young leaders from Ireland & Northern Ireland the opportunity to live and work as an intern in Washington D.C, while completing leadership training and public service projects. WIP awards each student a prestigious 2-month internship ranging from Capitol Hill to government agencies, entrepreneurial businesses and the non-profit sector.
Hi. I’m Kelly Kirkpatrick, and I am a 2012-2013 George J. Mitchell Scholar, and postgraduate student in the MBS Government program at UCC. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, named after the US Senator who was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process, was started in 1999 with the goal of furthering the relationship between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States. I feel privileged to be a part of the Mitchell scholar community, whose curiosity, passion, and success are a true inspiration to anyone trying to make a difference in the world.
Dr Clodagh Harris, has been appointed to the Academic and Legal group of Ireland’s Constitutional Convention.
The Convention was established by the Government late last year to examine issues of Constitutional reform. A unique deliberative process that includes 66 randomly selected citizens and 33 political representatives from parties across the island of Ireland, the Convention has been tasked with making recommendations on issues as diverse as reviewing the Dáil electoral system and provision for same-sex marriage. It is chaired by Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern and will meet on at least eight week-ends over the course of the year.
Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development - Panel Two
Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development - Panel One
Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development - Panel 3
Student Poster Presentations
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Three UCC students have just completed work placement in the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York. Lisa Keohane, Pádraig Mac Consaidínand Aoife Wilson are students of UCC’s BSc Government degree programme. As part of their third year studies, they undertook work placement in New York which provided them with an opportunity to participate in US state government and observe the legislative process first-hand. Students were assigned to the offices of individual Assembly Members where work duties included responding to constituent mail, conducting research, engaging in statistical analysis, reporting on committee meetings and meeting with lobby groups. All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend the work placement to other students.
Congratulations to the MComm Government and Public Policy Graduates of 2014.
From left to right: Mairead Foley, Katherine Thackeray, Mary O’Regan and Tim Ryan.
For any queries on the department’s successful MComm degree, contact the programme’s director, Dr Mary C. Murphy – email@example.com.
You can also get details of the programme at http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/postgraduatestudy/mcomm/
Congratulations to Neil Collins whose Emeritus Professorship has been agreed by UCC’s Governing Body. Our recently retired Head of Department is presently based in Kazakhstan where he is heading up the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University in Astana. The current Head of the Department of Government, Dr Andrew Cottey, commented, ‘This is great news and we look forward to working with Neil into the future.’
Helen Russell and Don Anthony O’Neill just won the Huayu Enrichment Scholarships to study Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Here are words from them before they embark on the exciting adventure in Asia this summer!
We are Gauthier and Guillemette and are French. We attended UCC for a full year (2012-2013), but you may also choose one semester. We studied International Relations and Irish Politics at the Department of Government.
Sovereignty Regained: Has the bailout changed the Irish State?, this conference takes place on Friday 4th April in the Aula Maxima, UCC.
Attendance is free but prior registration is requested. Please email Margaret O'Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The conference programme is available here. Conference Programme (89kB)
A referendum masterclass will be led by Professor Michael Gallager TCD, takes place on Thursday 4th April at 2.30pm in the Council Room, UCC. Places are limited. Prior registration is essential if you wish to attend. To register, please email Margaret O'Leary at email@example.com
The newly-appointed Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, has accepted an invitation from Dr Aodh Quinlivan to come to the Department of Government and deliver a lecture to his Executive MBA class on Friday 28 March.
Aodh commented, ‘We are delighted that Peter Tyndall is coming to visit us. His two predecessors, Kevin Murphy and Emily O’Reilly, were with us previously and it is nice for us to continue the linkage with the office of the Ombudsman. With new Freedom of Information legislation on the way, Peter Tyndall’s lecture is timely.’
The Government & Politics Review 2013/14 launch will be taking place on Thursday 3rd April in the Social Area, Block B, 2nd Floor, O'Rahilly Building at 4pm. This is a celebration of undergraduate research on the BA Politics and BSc Government programmes. Please confirm attendance with Margaret O'Leary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Government’s Democracy and Governance research cluster in partnership with the Centre for Adult Continuing Education will host the following seminar on
Basic Income, Community Development and Good Culture
Dr Matthew Johnson, Lancaster University
2-4pm Wednesday December 18th
Staff from UCC won three of four awards given by the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) at its annual conference in October at Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan and Dr. Mary C. Murphy, of UCC’s Department of Government, won the ‘best paper’ and ‘teaching and learning’ awards respectively, while Dr. Cara Nine of Philosophy won the ‘best book’ award for her book Global Justice and Territory.
UCC’s Department of Government and the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) warmly invite you to celebrate the publication of
The Uyghur Lobby: Global Networks, Coalitions and Strategies of the World Uyghur Congress
(Routledge Contemporary China Series, 2014)
by Dr Julie Yu-Wen Chen
at 2:00pm Friday 14 March
To be launched by Dr Andrew Cottey, Head of Department of Government and
Dr Leung Wing-Fai, Department of Chinese Studies, University College Cork
Venue: Social Area, 2nd Floor, Block B, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork
(Right next to the Department of Government)
The Department of Government celebrated an historic achievement with three PhD candidates passing their Viva examinations in the space of five days, between 20-25 September 2013. The three students (from left to right in the picture) were Laura Sexton, Barry Healy and Julie Connelly. Laura was supervised by Dr Seamus O’Tuama; Barry was supervised by Dr Clodagh Harris and Julie was co-supervised by Dr Aodh Quinlivan and Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan. Congratulations to all involved.
UCC’s Department of Government is pleased to announced the publication of a study of first-time TDs, written by Dr Mary C. Murphy in association with the Hansard Society, London. ‘At Home in the New House? A Study of Ireland’s First-Time TDs’ was launched by the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett TD, in Leinster House on Wednesday 17th July at 6.30pm. The report can be downloaded at www.hansardsociety.org.uk.
The Department of Government, UCC, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe, NUI Maynooth, is delighted to announce a major multi-disciplinary conference examining forty years of Irish membership of the EU. The conference will take place in UCC, 28-29 November 2013. It will bring together leading figures from the worlds of academia, politics, civil society, business and the media and the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Desmond Dinan, George Mason University, Washington.
The event will also mark the re-launch of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). IACES aims to bring together European Studies scholars and practitioners from across the island of Ireland to foster collaboration, source funding, and disseminate scholarly research on European Integration and membership of the EU. The association will also seek to contribute to future public and political discussion on the question of Ireland’s EU membership.
The conference is free to attend but early registration is required. Further details: email@example.com.
Funding for the conference is provided by the Communicating Europe fund of the Department of the Taoiseach and by the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Programme.
Reflections on Forty Years of Irish Membership of the EU (3,344kB)
The Constitutional Convention will begin its series of nation wide regional meetings next Wednesday October 23rd in Cork. The meeting will take place in the Aula Max starting at 7.30pm.
This meeting will form part of the Convention’s public consultations on what it should discuss under item 9 of its terms of reference which provides for the Convention to make recommendation(s) on ‘other relevant constitutional amendments’ (https://www.constitution.ie/Documents/Terms_of_Reference.pdf).
Constitutional Convention (297kB)
UCC’s Department of Government is pleased to announced the publication of new book, The Uyghur Lobby, written by Dr Julie Yu-Wen Chen. An upsurge in violence between Uyghur and Han in China’s far western region of Xinjiang has gained increased media and academic attention in recent years as was evidenced in the July 2009 riots. Numbering over eight million, the Uyghur are China’s fifth-largest minority nationality, and their mounting aspiration for obtaining more autonomy has contributed to the recent ethnic conflicts in the region.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, marked his first visit to UCC on Friday 31 January by delivering a major speech on public sector reform and the importance of public service.
He was speaking at the 15th Annual Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture following an invitation by the Department of Government at UCC. The lecture series commemorates Philip Monahan who was Ireland’s first local authority manager and he served as City Commissioner and then City Manager in Cork from 1924 to 1959. The prestigious Monahan lecture series has attracted distinguished speakers over the years including John Hume, Mary McAleese, Emily O’Reilly and John Bercow.
Enda Kenny linked his talk, entitled ‘Towards a Renewed Public Service’, with Monahan who he stated had set the highest standards of probity and integrity in Irish public administration. The context to the lecture was the recently published Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 and the Taoiseach stressed the need for the public sector to focus on efficiency, openness, leadership and capacity, as well as the service users.
Last month RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan launched Politics and Gender on the island of Ireland: The quest for political agency in Dublin. The volume is co-edited by Fiona Buckley of UCC’s Department of Government and Professor Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast. The volume explores the relationship between women, the state and democratic politics on the island of Ireland and assesses the opportunities and obstacles to women’s participation and representation on each side of the border. The volume is completed by a comprehensive appendix of all women elected to political office on the island from 1918-2013.To view the volume, see the website of Irish Political Studies - http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fips20/28/3.
Dr Aodh Quinlivan’s fifth book, The Freedom of Cork: A Chronicle of Honour is now available in all good book shops and was officially launched in the historic council chamber of Cork City Hall on Thursday 21 November 2013. The book, published by The Collins Press, traces the history of the coveted award which dates back to the 14th century. There are many famous people on Cork’s most prestigious roll of honour including Jonathan Swift, Isaac Butt, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Gladstone, Andrew Carnegie, Douglas Hyde, Woodrow Wilson, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Éamon de Valera, Jack Lynch, Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill, Mary Robinson, John Hume, Sonia O’Sullivan, Roy Keane, Michael Flatley and John Major.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, presented the annual Department of Government student awards as part of the 15th Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture on Friday 31 January before a crowd of 250 people packed into the Aula Maxima. The Patrick O’Sullivan Essay Shield was presented to Padraig Mac Consaidin (BSc Government IV) for his essay on ‘Wit and Humour in Politics’. The Thomas Whalen Student of the Year Award went to Jack Corbett (BSc Government II) with John Kenny winning the prestigious Richard Haslam Graduate of the Year Award.
On Wednesday, 4 December 2013, Dr Kevin Rafter (DCU) and Prof John Coakley (UCD), editors of “The Irish Presidents, Power Ceremony and Politics” along with contributors Prof Robert Elgie (DCU), Prof Gary Murphy (DCU) and Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC) presented a copy of the book to President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.
MBS Government Seminar
Parliament and the People: Build a bridge - and get over it!
Secretary to the Convention on the Constitution
January 10th 2014
Department of Government
University College Cork
warmly invites you to the launch of
Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Tim White (ed.)
University of Wisconsin Press (2014)
By Special Guest
4pm Friday, 30 May 2014
O’Rahilly Building, Social Area, 2nd floor, Block B
University College Cork
Supported by the Political Studies Association of Ireland
The Irish Research Council offered Dr Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan under the Research Project Grants Scheme 2013 - Strand One (Starter RPG) an award of €124,165 to research ‘The role of the European Commission in multi-level financial management in the European Union: a step closer to governmentalizing and further integration?’
She is starting on 16 June and it will last 15 months.
Middle East expert Robert Fisk, speaking in Cork on Monday the 1st of December 2014 at 7.30pm
An Evening with Robert Fisk
Date: 1st December 2014 (Mon)
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Silver Springs Hotel, Cork
Fee: €25.00; concession price €20.00 - students, OAPs, unemployed
Organised by seminars.ie
This will be an interview style talk, in conversation with Dr. Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Government, UCC.
For further details and booking see: http://www.seminars.ie/inspirational-seminars/seminar_details.php?event_id=300
The Department of Government has ten free tickets for students of the Department of Government; if you are interested in going into the draw for these tickets please e-mail Stefanie Wojtek (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5.00pm Friday 28th of November 2014. Tickets will be drawn and 'winners' informed on morning of Monday 1st of December 2014.
For other students, the concessionary price for attendance at this event is €20.00.
Participatory democracy and public engagements - lessons from Iceland's 2011 Constitutional Council
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir
Wednesday October 15th 2015
3.00 - 4.30 pm
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir is adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Her research focuses on Icelandic foreign and security policy and feminism in international relations. She completed a BA, with honors, in international affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and post-graduate certificates in methodology and university teaching from the University of Iceland. She is currently completing her PhD at University College Cork in Ireland. Ms. Omarsdottir is a women’s rights activist and has served on the boards of the Icelandic Feminist Association, The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, the UNIFEM National Committee in Iceland, and the Icelandic Gender Equality Council. In the summer of 2011 Silja served on Iceland’s Constitutional Council and chaired the committee addressing human rights and natural resources. Since then, she has spoken widely on lessons learned from the process.
MBS Government seminar - Friday September 26th
'Decisions are made by those who show up'
Secretary General to President Michael D. Higgins and former secretary of the Irish Convention on the Constitution.
From 1.30-3.00pm Friday September 26th in ORB 123.
“Perspectives on the Marriage Equality Referendum”
Tuesday 12th May, 2015
Venue: Boole 1
(Basement Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Boole Library and Main Restaurant)
University College Cork
All are welcome
The aim of this event is to showcase perspectives on the forthcoming marriage equality referendum that have been relatively neglected in the public debate so far. The seminar features four short presentations intended to offer alternative perspectives on key issues relevant to the May 22nd vote, followed by time for questions and answers and open discussion. The event is sponsored in part by the university’s LGBT Staff Network, and is scheduled to coincide with Cork LGBT Awareness Week.
Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC Government) – ‘The Politics of the Referendum’
Dr. Conor O’Mahony (UCC Law) – ‘Children’s Rights’
Dr. Laurence Davis (UCC Government) – ‘Love and Marriage’
Dr. Margaret O’Keeffe (CIT Applied Social Studies) – ‘Academic Engagement and Activism’
Further information: Contact Dr. Laurence Davis, Department of Government, University College Cork, at email@example.com
MBS Government graduate secures prestigious internship at the American Association of Justice, Washington, D.C
Aidan Halley (MBS Government 2013) is an intern at the communications department in the American Association of Justice, Washington, D.C. His work involves preparing daily press releases, analysing legal documents and data collection.
Reflecting upon the results of the 2015 UK General Election
A lunchtime seminar
1pm, Thursday 4 June 2015, ORB255
Papers will discuss:
Britain's new political class of 2015
Dr. Rosie Campbell, Reader in Politics, Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
Brexit? Scotxit?: Britain’s Constitution – How much change is likely?
Dr. Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University College Cork
All welcome to attend.
The seminar is supported by the Politics Programme and the Department of Government.
Final Deadline 28th of August 2015
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If you are looking for a flexible way to pursue postgraduate study and to progress your career, this exciting and innovative online part-time postgraduate learning experience might be for you.
MComm Government & Public Policy
2 Year part-time research Masters
Three blended/online modules
Drafting of a 25,000 word thesis
Academic research supervision
Closing date 21 August 2015
Online applications: www.pac.ie
Dr Mary C. Murphy
Department of Government
University College Cork