Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2015

Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2015

PSAI Call for Papers 2015

Political Studies Association of Ireland

Annual Conference 2015



Gresham Metropole Hotel Cork

16 – 18 October 2015


The annual PSAI Conference will take place in Cork, 16 - 18 October 2015. Paper proposals are invited from all areas of the discipline.  A detailed list of themes is included below.

  • Referendums and elections
  • Voters and political Parties
  • Government, governance, regulation and policy making
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • International Relations
  • Local government and administration
  • Political theory and philosophy
  • Political history
  • Political economy
  • Politics and law
  • Teaching and learning in political science

Procedures for Submitting a Proposal

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by 5 June 2015.

This abstract should be submitted as a word attachment and include:

  • Paper title,
  • Author names and affiliations,
  • Professional status (PhD student, postdoc, lecturer, professor, independent scholar)

Before submitting your proposal, please consider assembling a panel. You can do this by bringing together other potential panelists yourself, or by contacting the appropriate PSAI specialist group (see Panel proposals must include abstracts and contact details for each paper.


Abstracts will be published on the conference website and in the conference programme.

Notification on paper acceptance will be given in early July and paper givers will be asked to post their conference papers on the conference website by 1 October 2015.


Conference Registration

Conference registration will be operated through Event Brite for the 2015 annual conference. PSAI memberships for 2016 can also be processed through the site.

All information is available at


A late registration charge will apply 6pm on the 2nd of October 2015. There will be no registration available at the conference.

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The conference will be held at the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain St, Cork. The hotel is located in the city centre and is within walking distance from the train station and the bus station.

A number of rooms have been allocated to the conference at a special room rate of €95 per single room per night and €105 per standard double room.

Rooms may be reserved online using the following link and the conference code is PSAI2015. Reservations can also be made over the phone using the same code.

Please find below alternative accommodation options close to the conference:

Conference Programme

PSAI Annual Conference Programme Oct 2015

Conference Papers - Friday

FRIDAY, 16th of October 2015


Session 1: 2pm – Panel A: Peace Agreements and Peace Building 

Specialist Group: Peace and Conflict

Chair: Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUIG)

  • Lessons from Northern Ireland? Timing and sequencing of peacebuilding

Prof Jennifer Todd (UCD)  and Prof Joseph Ruane (UCD and UCC)

  • Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies

Dr Dawn Walsh (University of Birmingham)

  • A kind of peace? : Ireland, Palestine and the Basque Country

Dr Marisa McGlinchey (Coventry University)

  • Navigating the Post-Dayton Landscape: Institutional Barriers to Cross-Ethnic Parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cera Murtagh, (University of Edinburgh)


Session 1: 2pm  – Panel B: Chinese Politics, Sino-EU Relations

Specialist Group: International Relations and Area Studies

Chair: Dr Niall Duggan (UCC)

  • EU-China Climate Relations: Learning from the Past and Building for the Future?

Dr. Diarmuid Torney (DCU)

  • EU-China Relations: Understanding Institutionalisation

Dr. Andrew Cottey (UCC) - Andrew Cottey and Joern-Carsten Gottwald_Conference Paper_2015

  • The EU-China Bilateral Investment Treaty & the EU Services & Investment Agenda

Mr David Hallinan (UCD)


Session 1: 2pm  – Panel C: Evaluating Participatory and Deliberative Democracy

Specialist Group: Participatory and Deliberative Democracy

Chair: Claire McGing (NUIM)

  • Participedia: the potential and pitfalls of crowdsourcing data on participatory governance.

Matt Ryan  (University of Southampton) 

  • Ireland, the best country in the world in which to do deliberation? Deliberative quality and Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution

Dr Clodagh Harris (UCC),  Professor David M. Farrell (UCD),  and Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)

  • The Irish Same-Sex Marriage Referendum, Democracy, and the Left

Dr Laurence Davis (UCC)


Session 1: 2pm  – Roundtable 1: Polls, Polling and Irish Public Opinion

Chair: Kevin Rafter, DCU

Mary Minihan, Political Reporter The Irish Times

Gerry Howlin, Commentator and former Political Advisor

Ian McShane, Managing Director, Behaviour & Attitudes 

Tom Louwerse, Department of Political Science, TCD


Session 2: 4.15pm – Panel A: Chinese Politics, The Global and Domestic Development of Chinese Public Policy

Specialist Group: International Relations and Area Studies

Chair: Dr Andrew Cottey (UCC)

  • The Political Economy of Building Social Housing in China

Dr. Xin Sun (TCD)

  • An Actor-Oriented Public Policy Perspective to analyse Public Administration Development in China

Ms Di HU (UL) 

  • China’s New Role in Global Economic Governance

Prof. Jörn-Carsten Gottwald (RUB) and Dr Niall Duggan (UCC)

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People: Chinese Power, International Norms, and the United Nations General Assembly

Dr Samuel Brazys (UCD) & Dr Alexander Dukalskis (UCD)  


Session 2: 4.15 – Panel B: Politics in Northern Ireland

Chair: Prof Jennifer Todd

  • Sport for peace in Northern Ireland?: a quantitative study of public attitudes to sport, sectarianism and inclusion

Dr David Mitchell (TCD), Prof Owen Hargie (UU) and Dr Ian Somerville  (University of Leicester)

  • Grassroots perspectives on the potential contribution of sports-based projects to the Northern Ireland peace process

Stephen Bloomer (UU)

  • A Union of convenience or a committed political relationship? The changing identity of Ulster unionism within the United Kingdom

Marion Perry (UU) - Marion Perry_Conference Paper_2015


Session 2: 4.15pm – Panel C: Post-economic crisis challenges to European integration: some political and legal case studies

Chair: Dr Bernadette Connalughton (UL)

  • Politicization of the European Commission: a historical institutionalist perspective

Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan (UCC)  

  • Coping with Business Failure and Bankruptcy in Europe: A Case Study on The Failure of Market Integration

Prof Irene Lynch-Fannon (UCC) and Emilie Ghio (UCC) - Emilie Ghio and Irene Lynch-Fannon_Conference Paper_2015

  • Policy windows and power accumulation by supranational institutions: the European Commission and the reforms of the Stability and Growth Pact 2003 –2011

Marco Scipioni (LSE)

  • The issue of sovereignty in the Economic and Monetary Union: a legal perspective

Mike Ball (UCC) 


Session 2: 4.15pm – Roundtable 2: The Irish National Election Study

Chair: Prof Michael Marsh (TCD)

  • Left Right in Ireland

Prof Ken Benoit (LSE) and Prof Gail McElroy  (TCD)

  • All dressed up and no place to go: the lack of party system change in Ireland in 2011

Prof David Farrell (UCD) and Prof Shaun Bowler (UC Riverside)

  • In the line of duty: The moral basis of turnout in the 2011 Irish election

Prof Andre Blais (Montreal), Dr Carol Galais (Montreal) and Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC)

Conference Papers - Saturday

SATURDAY, 17th of October 2015


Session 3: 9am – Panel A: International Politics

Specialist Group:  International Politics and Area Studies

Chair: Dr Michael Breen (DCU)

  • Cooperative Power, Nonviolent Resistance and Social Transformation

Dr Iain Atack

  • The 2013 Bulgarian Protest Movement: ‘europeanization from below?

Prof John O’Brennan (NUIM)

  • The Microfoundations of Diversionary Conflict

Dr Tobias Theiler (UCD)


Session 3: 9am – Panel B: Gender Politics in Northern Ireland

Chair: Prof Jon Tonge (Liverpool)

  • Save Ulster from Misogyny: Elections, gender and political representation in Northern Ireland

Sophie A Whiting (University of Bath)

  • Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist women and their interaction with politics in post ceasefire Northern Ireland

Danielle Roberts (UU) - Danielle Roberts_Conference Paper_2015

  • Culture Wars and Abortion: The role of religious ideology in policy and politics in Northern Ireland

Dr Fiona Bloomer (UU) and Claire Pierson (UU)

  • A United Kingdom? Explaining disparity in abortion legislation between Britain and Northern Ireland

Jennifer Thomson (Queen Mary University)


Session 3: 9am – Panel C: Institutions, Public Policy and Politics 

Chair: Dr Michael Courtney (DCU)

  • Special Advisers in Irish Government: Mapping Roles within the Core Executive

Dr Bernadette Connaughton (UL)

  • Cutback management in Irish government

Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (QUB)

  • Critical Junctures and the Department of Finance: From DPS to DPER

Dr Tom Ward - Tom Ward_Conference Paper_2015

  • Ideas & Interests in Economics: Building on Recent Literature

Dr John Considine (UCC), Dr David Duffy (UU),

Dr Sabrina Bunyan (UU)


Session 3: 9am – Panel D: Voters, Parties and Elections

Chair: Prof Kevin Rafter (DCU)

  • Media Ownership and the Tone of News Coverage of Labour Unions: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Liam Kneafsey (TCD) - Liam Kneafsey_Conference Paper_2015

  • Eroding Political Trust? The Systemic Effects of Negative Campaigning on British Voters’ Attitudes in the 2015 General Election

Dr Annemarie Walter (University of Nottingham) and Prof Cees van der Eijk (University of Nottingham) - Annemarie Walter and Cees van der Eijk_Conference Paper_2015‌        

  • Brothers in Arms: The impact of party cohesion on election results

David Barrett (TCD) - David Barrett_Conference Paper_2015


Session 4: 11.00am – Panel A: The Death of Community Development? The Impact of Local Government Reform on Local Democracy

Chair: Dr Aodh Quinlivan (UCC)

  • ‘The Death of Community Development?  The Impact of Local Government  Reform in Ireland on Local Democracy’

Catherine Forde (UCC), D. O’Byrne (UCC) and Felim O’ hAdhmaill (UCC)

  • Assessing the Reform Agenda: Critical Perspectives on new structures for local governance, planning and development

Jonathan Hall (UCC), Ray O’Connor (UCC), William Brady (UCC) and Carol Power (UCC)

  • Impact of open public submissions on citizens' participation in local planning

Dr Vanessa Liston (DCU & CiviQ)

  • The Local Government Reform Act 2014: Policy, Practice and Political Disconnect

Mark Rylands (UCC), Ray O’Connor (UCC) and Carol Power (UCC)


Session 4: 11.00am – Panel B: Politics in Northern Ireland

Chair: Dr Kevin Bean (Liverpool)

  • Any sign of a New Politics? The 2015 General Election in Northern Ireland

Prof Jon Tonge (University of Liverpool)

  • Consociation and the Dimensionality of Policy Space

John Garry (QUB),  Neil Matthews (QUB) and Jonathan Wheatley (University of Zurich) - John Garry, Neil Matthews and Jonathan Wheatley_Conference Paper_2015

  • Former Prisoners and Memoir-writing: Republic and Loyalist Paramilitaries and the Prospects for Reconciliation

Dr Stephen Hopkins (University of Leicester)


Session 4: 11.00am – Panel C: Referendum Research

Chair: Prof Michael Marsh (TCD)

  • Political Participation and Twitter

Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)

  • Who are those shy No Voters?

Dr Johan A Elkink (UCD)

  • The 2015 Marriage Referendum; Constitutional Convention, Campaign and Conservative Ireland

Dr Johan A Elkink (UCD),  Prof David Farrell (UCD), Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)


Session 4: 11.00am – Panel D: Politics in the Republic of Ireland

Chair: Prof Gary Murphy (DCU)

  • High Turnover, Little Reform: How Ireland’s Dáil Éireann Resisted the Forces of Change

Mary C Murphy (UCC)

  • We need a public inquiry! Politics and practice in the operation of public inquiries in Ireland

Dr Fiona Donson (UCC) and Dr Darren O’Donovan (Bond University)

  • Twenty-eight and counting – the growth of the Irish political memoir

Prof Kevin Rafter (DCU)

  • The Quiet Protest Vote – Intra-party vote-switching under PR-STV

Dr Michael Courtney (DCU)


Session 4: 11.00am – Panel E: Voters, Parties and Elections

Chair: Prof Timothy White (Xavier)

  • Randomized Electoral Districts

Prof Peter Stone (TCD) and Scott Wentland (Longwood University) - Peter Stone and Scott Wentland_Conference Paper_2015Peter Stone and Scott Wentland_Conference Paper_2015

  • Governmental stability and the durability of political parties in office

Dr Conor Little (University of Copenhagen) - Conor Little_Conference Paper_2015

  • The EU’s Maritime Security Strategy: quo vadis Ireland?

Dr Brendan Flynn (NUIG)


Roundtable 3: 1pm -  Gender Equality Policy in Practice

Chair: Prof John Coakley (UCD)

Fiona Buckley (UCC)  Gender and political representation

Yvonne Galligan (QUB)  Women in higher education and science

Joanne Wright (UNB) The politics of rights and choice

Violetta Di Bucchianico (UCD) Gender and immigration


Roundtable 4: 1pm -  Getting Published in Political Science

Tony Mason, Manchester University Press


Session 5: 2pm – Panel A: Renewal of Local Government              

Specialist Group: Local Government

Chair: Dr Deiric O’Broin

  • The Alignment of Local Government and Local Development – perspectives of civil society leaders and rural citizens

Dr Brendan O’Keeffe (UL) and Dr Karen Keaveney (UCD)

  • Tracing the Trajectory of Local Government Reforms in Ireland

Dr Aodh Quinlivan (UCC)

  • How do we compare?

Dr Bríd Quinn (UL)

  • Planning Reform and Urban Governance: Ireland’s Second Tier Cities

William Brady (UCC)


Session 5: 2pm  – Panel B: Gender Quotas

Specialist Group: Gender Politics

Chair: Fiona Buckley (UCC)

  • Progress or Torkenism? Female Candidate Selection by Parties in Local Elections under an Informal Quota Regime.

Mary Brennan (UCD) and Dr Johan A Elkink (UCD) - Mary Brennan and Johan A Elkink_Conference Paper_2015

  • Who Supports Gender Quotas in Ireland?

Prof Gail McElroy (TCD) and Lisa Keenan (TCD) - Gail McElroy and Lisa Keenan_Conference Paper_2015

  • Economic factors affecting female representation in parliament: A cross-country analysis

Dr Declan Jordan (UCC)


Session 5: 2pm – Panel C: Voters, Parties and Elections

Chair: Dr Muiris McCarthaigh (QUB)

  • Pathological parochialism or a valuable service? Attitudes to the constituency role of Irish parliamentarians

Prof Michael Gallagher (TCD) and Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)

  • Austerity Politics and Electoral Mobilisation in Ireland: Explaining Voter Turnout during the Economic Crisis

Dr Michael Courtney (DCU),  Prof Gary Murphy (DCU) and Dr Eoin O’Malley (DCU)

  • Gender Identity and Vote Choice: evidence from the 2014 European Parliament elections in Ireland

Dr Rory Costello (UL)  and Rita McInerney (UL)


Session 5: 2pm  – Panel D: Politics of Northern Ireland

Chair: Dr Neil Matthews (QUB)                                                          

  • Legacy, Unresolved Conflict and Commemoration

Dr Felim O’ hAdhmaill (UCC)

  • Loyalist Collective Memory and Shared Futures

Prof Jim McAuley (Huddersfield)

  • An Intimate History of Terror: Assessing Motivations behind UVF Violence

Dr Aaron Edwards (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst)

  • How Could They Kill Them? An Intimate History of Political Murders During the Northern Ireland Troubles'

Dr Martin McCleery (QUB) - Martin McCleery_Conference Paper_2015


Session 6: 4pm – Panel A: Gender and Equality in Politics

Specialist Group: Gender Politics

Chair: Prof Yvonne Galligan (QUB)

  • Why is same sex marriage not legal in Northern Ireland?

Jennifer Thomson (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Palestinian Women In Israel – Forgotten Or Unseen?

Rola Abu Zeid – O'Neill (UCC)

  • Women and electoral success in Ireland, 2007-13

Fiona Buckley (UCC),  Claire McGing (NUIM),  Prof Mack Mariani (Xavier), Prof Timothy White (Xavier University)

  • Gendered Voting in Australia

Bruce Tranter (University of Tasmania)


Session 6: 4pm  – Panel B: Politics in Northern Ireland

Chair: Prof Thomas Hennessey

  • Constitutional Models and Irish Nationalism

Prof John Coakley (QUB)

  • Organisational Foundations of Military Power: the Irish Republican Army and the Army of the Serbian Republic in Bosnia compared

Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh NUIG and Prof Siniša Malešević (UCD)

  • The Politics of Recognition in Northern Ireland: Co-Constructing A Theory of Civic Loyalism

Sophie Long (QUB) - Sophie Long_Conference Paper_2015

  • Ireland's Violent Frontier revisited: security cooperation as an element in Anglo-Irish politics, 1969-1998

Prof Eunan O’Halpin


Session 6: 4pm – Panel : C Freedom and Domination in Institutional Design

Chair: Dr Jennifer Kavanagh (WIT)

  • Bureaucratic discretion and freedom as non-domination in the administrative state

Eoin Daly (NUIG)

  • Radicalising Republicanism: Weighting the two faces of freedom in republican political theory

Daniel Savery (NUIG)


Session 6: 4pm – Panel D: Voters, Parties and Elections

Chair: Dr Rory Costello

  • Improving Opinion Poll Reporting: The Irish Polling Indicator

Prof Tom Louwerse (TCD) - Tom Louwerse_Conference Paper_2015

  • Local Elections 2014 – What made the difference? An analysis of successful local election campaigns

Dr Justin Sinnott (UCD) - Justin Sinnott_Conference Paper_2015

  • Why Independent? A study of what influences the decision to become an independent politician in Ireland

Yvonne Murphy (UCC)

  • Comparing Parties’ Climate Policy Positions using Election Manifestoes in Six European Countries

Conor Little (University of Copenhagen), Vasiliki Tsagkroni (Keele University) Robert Ladrech (Keele University) and Neil Carter (University of York)


Conference Paper - Sunday

SUNDAY, 18th of October 2015


Session 7: 10am – Panel A: International Politics

Specialist Group:  International Politics and Area Studies

Chair: Dr Jennifer Kavanagh (WIT)

  • Liberia – A UN Parameter for Success

Dr Rory Finegan (DCU) - Rory Finegan_Conference Paper_2015

  • Sectarianism in Yemen: The Houthi Movement – Domestic and Regional Implications

Dr Vincent Durac

  • The evolution of civilian protection in peacekeeping mandates: Operations Darfur, DRC and CAR compared

Dr Walt Kilroy (DCU)


Session 7: 10am – Panel B: Politics and Economics

Chair: Dr Jane Suiter (DCU)

  • Euroscepticism without politicisation: the case of Ireland during the financial crisis

Dr Rory Costello - Rory Costello_Conference Paper_2015

  • Elections and Markets during the Euro Crisis

Dr Iain McMenamin (DCU), Dr Michael Breen (DCU), Dr Juan Munoz-Portillo (University of Cambridge) - I. McMenamin, M. Breen and J. Munoz-Portillo_Conference Paper_2015

  • Explanations for the Inflation of Policy Bubbles: Privatisation and Taxation Policy in Ireland

Cathal Fitzgerald (DCU) and Dr Eoin O’Malley (DCU)

  • Institutional change relating to the Irish banking sector 1997 to 2008 – a case study

Patrick Howard (UCC)


Session 7: 10am – Panel C: Collusion, conspiracy and ‘Impact’ culture: understanding research into contentious politics

Chair:  Dr Stephen Hopkins

  • The Irish Republican Project: the importance of academic autonomy

Dr Marisa McGlinchey (Coventry University)

  • From Boston to Liverpool: a tale of two research projects

Dr Kevin Bean (University of Liverpool)

  • Breach of trust: An interviewee’s perspective on the ethics of the Liverpool Project

Martin Duffy (Republican Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle & Thomas Harte, Cumann Lurgan)

  • The dissident project;:some clarifications

Prof Jon Tonge (Liverpool)


Session 8: 12am – Panel A: Political Economy

Chair: Dr Michael Courtney (DCU)

  • Daily Judgement: Political News and Financial Markets

Dr Michael Breen (DCU) Dr Iain McMenamin (DCU) Dr Michael Courtney (DCU) and Dr Gemma McNulty (DCU)

  • Diagonal Enforcement Mechanisms in International Trade Politics

Prof William Phelan (TCD)

  • Trade Imbalances and Interstate Conflict Embedded in Networks

Yao Han (UCD)


Session 8: 12am – Panel B: International Politics

Specialist Group:  International Politics and Area Studies

Chair: Dr Walt Kilroy (DCU)

  • The Establishment of Peacekeeping Missions Revisited: How international Factors Impact on the Intervention Decision of Third Parties

Donata-Katharina Brunelli (TCD)

  • NATO’s Post 2014 Transition: The Rebuilding of an Effective Deterrence Strategy

Dr Niall Mulchinock (UCC) - Niall Mulchinock_Conference Paper_2015

  • State Control of Civil Society Organisations: The case of Turkey

Jessica Leigh Doyle (UCD)

  • US Special Forces: Othering the Self

Stephen Warren (QUB) - Stephen Warren_Conference Paper_2015


Session 8: 12am – Panel C: Emerging Research on the Northern Ireland Conflict

Chair: Michael Martin (NUIG)

  • The Art of Hate Mail: Letters to Cardinal William Conway 1968-1972

Maggie Scull (King’s College London)

  • The United States and Northern Ireland during the Carter Administration: Contrasting Diaspora Involvement in the Conflict

Alison Meagher (QUB)

  • Intolerance in a tolerant society?: Parading, sectarianism, and declining middle–class respectability of the Orange Order in Northern Ireland

Andrew McCaldon (University of Liverpool)

  • The ‘Brexit’ and Northern Ireland’s political parties: Ethno-nationalism or ‘normal’ politics?

Henry Jarrett (University of Exeter)

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