About this book
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 Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Political Science in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Theresa Reidy is Senior Lecturer in Government at University College Cork, Ireland.
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title How Ireland Voted 2020
- Book Subtitle The End of an Era
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66405-3
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-66404-6
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-66405-3
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages L, 374
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 89 illustrations in colour
Popular Science in Political Science and International Relations
Governance and Government
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—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