Party and Parish Pump: Electoral Politics in Ireland

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Nov 2, 1981 - History - 159 pages

“My attention was drawn to Ireland by footnotes,” writes the author. “Over and over again the literature of comparative politics noted simply ‘except in Ireland’.... The question that puzzled me was, Why should this be so?”

Professor Carty’s answers to the question appear in this detailed study that sheds new light on the question of establishing democratic politics after a war of independence, on the impact of electoral laws on party competition, on the social bases of political competition, and on the way political machines work in modern democracies. As a case study the book also analyzes the peculiarly conservative syndrome into which Irish politics has fallen. Carty concludes that political institutions and the activities of politicians make a considerable difference to the organization and conduct of public life.

The book will interest students of comparative politics, history, and political sociology, as well as those concerned with the shape and direction of society and politics in contemporary Ireland.



The Puzzles of Irish Party Politics
Portraits of Irish Politics
The Patterns of Party Competition
Voters and Parties
The Creation of the Party System
Politicians Parties and Electoral Competition
Party Politics The Irish Case

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About the author (1981)

R.K. Carty teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He has studied at Oxford and holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Kingston. He is co-editor of Entering the Eighties: Canada in Crisis.

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