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How Ireland Voted 2020

The End of an Era

  • Michael Gallagher
  • Michael Marsh
  • Theresa Reidy
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-l
  2. Gary Murphy
    Pages 1-22
  3. Rory Costello, Alice Sheridan, Duncan Casey
    Pages 23-40
  4. Mairéad Farrell, James O’Connor, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Roderic O’Gorman, Marie Sherlock, Jennifer Whitmore
    Pages 135-163
  5. Adrian Kavanagh, William Durkan, Caoilfhionn D’Arcy
    Pages 197-217
  6. Kevin Cunningham, Michael Marsh
    Pages 219-253
  7. Lisa Keenan, Gail McElroy
    Pages 255-273
  8. Eoin O’Malley
    Pages 297-320
  9. John Coakley
    Pages 321-339
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 341-374

About this book

Introduction

This book is the 9th volume in the established How Ireland Voted series and provides the definitive story of Ireland’s mould-breaking 2020 election. For the first time ever, Sinn Féin won the most votes, the previously dominant parties shrank to a fraction of their former strengths, and the government to emerge was a coalition between previously irreconcilable enemies. For these reasons, the election marks the end of an era in Irish politics. This book analyses the course of the campaign, the parties’ gains and losses, and the impact of issues, especially the role of Brexit. Voting behaviour is explored in depth, with examination of the role of issues and discussion of the role of social cleavages such as class, age and education. The process by which the government was put together over a period of nearly five months is traced through in-depth interviews with participants. And six candidates who contested Election 2020 give first-hand reports of their campaigns.

Michael Gallagher is Professor of Comparative Politics in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Political Science in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Theresa Reidy is Senior Lecturer in Government at University College Cork, Ireland.



Keywords

Ireland Vote Election Campaign European Politics Electoral Politics candidate selection campaign strategies Fianna Fái Labour Brexit Irish policy Sinn Féin Seanad election Mairéad Farrell James O’Connor Jennifer Carroll MacNeill Roderic O’Gorman Marie Sherlock Jennifer Whitmore

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Gallagher
    • 1
  • Michael Marsh
    • 2
  • Theresa Reidy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Government and PoliticsUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

About the editors

Michael Gallagher is Professor of Comparative Politics in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Political Science in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Theresa Reidy is Senior Lecturer in Government at University College Cork, Ireland.


Bibliographic information

Reviews

‘Like many West European countries, twenty-first century Ireland has experienced dramatic social and political change. How Ireland Voted provides invaluable insight into how and why the 2020 election added yet another important chapter to this story, as both politicians and voters adjusted and reacted to the unfamiliar landscape in which they found themselves’.

Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

 

‘The definitive, comprehensive word on a remarkable election, combining in-depth political context with expert analysis, this book is a must-read for contemporary understanding of Irish elections and will also be a valuable historical record’.

Jane Green, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK

 

‘An invaluable guide not just to how Ireland voted, but to why Ireland voted the way it did. Required reading for those wishing to understand the last election, and prepare for the next one’.

David McCullagh, RTÉ