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Professor Raj Chari
Professor, Political Science


Prof. Raj Chari was born in Swift Current Saskatchewan Canada. After completing a B.A and M.A at the University of Saskatchewan, he did his PhD in Queen's University (Canada). Most of his Doctoral Thesis research and writing was performed out of the Juan March Institute in Madrid (Spain). Previous appointments include working for Vincent Wright at Nuffield College (Oxford) before joining Trinity in 1999.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Michele Crepaz and Raj Chari, Interest group access to policymaking in Ireland, Irish Political Studies, 38, (1), 2023, p60 - 91 Journal Article, 2023 TARA - Full Text URL

Raj Chari, Isabel Rozas, Virus, Antivirals and Vaccines: Why Politics Matter, First, Berlin/Boston, DeGruyter, 2022, 144pp Book, 2022 URL URL

Raj Chari, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Ireland End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Washington DC, 2019, p1 - 61 Report, 2019 URL

International Dynamics in Lobbying Regulation in, editor(s)D. Dialer and M. Richter , Lobbying in the European Union: Strategies, Dynamics and Trends, Switzerland, Springer, 2019, pp49 - 65, [M. Crepaz, R. Chari, J. Hogan, G. Murphy] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Raj Chari, John Hogan, Gary Murphy and Michele Crepaz, Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison 2nd edition, 2nd, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2019, 1 - 256pp Book, 2019 URL

Michele Crepaz and Raj Chari, Assessing the validity and reliability of measurements when evaluating public policy, Journal of Public Policy, 38, (3), 2018, p275 - 304 Journal Article, 2018 URL URL

Raj Chari, Ireland Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 (Year 1), Washington DC, 2018, p1 - 86 Report, 2018 URL

Raj Chari, Ireland - End of Term Report, Independent Reporting Mechanism, Open Government Partnership, Washington, Open Government Partnership, 2017, p1 - 49 Report, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Evolution of Aid in the EU: Classifying Different Types of Countries and the Financial and Economic Crisis in, editor(s)H. Hofmann and C. Micheau , State Aid Law of the EU, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp12 - 17, [R. Chari] Book Chapter, 2016

Raj Chari, Ireland - Mid-Term Progress Report, 2014-15, Independent Research Mechanism, Open Government Partnership, Washington DC, Open Government Partnership, 2016, p1 - 92 Report, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Raj Chari, Life After Privatization, 1st, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, 1 - 289pp Book, 2015 URL

M. Crepaz and R. Chari, The EU's Initiatives to Regulate Lobbyists: Good or Bad Administration?, Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto, 51, (1), 2014, p71 - 97 Journal Article, 2014

Privatized Firms and their Management Structures: Links with the State in, editor(s)L. Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp183 - 193, [R. Chari and S. Dahlmann] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Raj Chari, Hard Questions for Democracy, 1st, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, Routledge, 2013, 1 - 194pp Book, 2013 URL

Raj Chari, The Parliamentary Election in Spain, November 2011, Electoral Studies, 32, (2), 2013, p377 - 380 Journal Article, 2013

Patrick Bernhagen and Raj Chari, Financial and Economic Crisis: Theoretical Explanations of the Global Sunset, Irish Political Studies, 26, (4), 2011, p455 - 472 Journal Article, 2011

John Hogan, Raj Chari and Gary Murphy, Regulating Australia's Lobbyists: Coming Full Circle to Promote Democracy, Journal of Public Affairs, 11, (1), 2011, p35 - 48 Journal Article, 2011

Raj Chari, Crisis and Change in Ireland, Analysis of the Real Instituto Elcano (ARI), 79/2011 (Madrid), April, 2011 Working Paper, 2011

Raj Chari and Patrick Bernhagen, Financial and Economic Crisis: Explaining the Sunset over the Celtic Tiger, Irish Political Studies, 26, (4), 2011, p473 - 488 Journal Article, 2011

Raj Chari and Daniel O'Donovan, Lobbying the European Commission: Open or Secret?, Socialism and Democracy, 25, (2), 2011, p104 - 124 Journal Article, 2011

Gary Murphy, John Hogan, Raj Chari, Lobbying Regulation in Ireland, Journal of Public Affairs, 11, (2), 2011, p111 - 119 Journal Article, 2011

Irish Political Studies, Special Issue: Hard Questions for Democracy - Ireland and Beyond, 26, 4, (2011), 425 - 606p, Raj Chari, [ed.] Journal, 2011

Raj Chari, Introducing Hard Question for Democracy, Irish Political Studies, 26, (4), 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Raj Chari, John Hogan and Gary Murphy, Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison, Manchester, University of Manchester Press, 2010, 1 - 192pp Book, 2010 URL

The Politics of Regulating Lobbyists: Assessing the Attitudes of Actors in the World of Regulated Lobbying in, editor(s)Conor McGrath , Interest Groups and Lobbying in the US and Comparative Perspectives, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales, The Edwin Mellon Press, 2009, pp297 - 328, [Gary Murphy, Raj Chari and John Hogan] Book Chapter, 2009

Raj Chari and Paul Heywood, Analyzing the Policy Process in Democratic Spain, West European Politics, 32, (1), 2009, p26 - 54 Journal Article, 2009

Francesco Cavatora, Raj Chari, Sylvia Kritzinger and Arantza Gomez, EU External Policy Making and the Case of Morocco: 'Realistically' Dealing with Authoritarianism, European Foreign Affairs Review, 13, (3), 2008, p357 - 376 Journal Article, 2008

Raj Chari, Why Did the Irish Reject Lisbon? An Analysis of the Referendum Results, Analysis of the Real Instituto Elcano (ARI) 69/2008 , 2008 Working Paper, 2008 URL

Institutions, European Integration and the Policy Process in Contemporary Spain in, editor(s)Bonnie Field and Kerstin Hamann , Democracy and Institutional Development, London, Palgrave, 2008, pp178 - 202, [Raj Chari and Paul Heywood] Book Chapter, 2008

Raj Chari, 2008 Spanish Election: A Balancing Game, West European Politics, 31, (5), 2008, p1068 - 1076 Journal Article, 2008

R Chari, Irish Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty - Will Irish Eyes be Smiling?', Memorando Opex N. 88/2008, Fundación Alternativas (Madrid), 2008 Working Paper, 2008

J. Hogan, G. Murphy and R. Chari, Next door they have regulation, but not here ": Assessing the opinions of actors in the opaque world of unregulated lobbying, Canadian Political Science Review, 2, (3), 2008, p125 - 151 Journal Article, 2008

Raj Chari, Gary Murphy, and John Hogan , Regulating Lobbyists: A Comparative Analysis of the US, Canada, Germany and the European Union, Political Quarterly, 78, (3), 2007, p422 - 438 Journal Article, 2007

Raj Chari, Gary Murphy, John Hogan, Regulating the Influence Game: Some Thoughts on the International Evidence, Public Affairs Ireland, 41, (September), 2007, p15 - 15 Journal Article, 2007

R. Chari and S. Kritzinger, Understanding EU Policy Making, 1st, London/Chicago, Pluto/University of Chicago Press, 2006, 1 - 272pp Book, 2006 URL

Preference Formation and European Constitution-Building: The Spanish Perspective in, editor(s)Thomas König and Simon Hug , Preference Formation and European Constitution-building. A Comparative Study in Member States and Accession Countries, London, Routledge, 2006, pp217 - 225, [Raj S. Chari and Alfonso Egea] Book Chapter, 2006

Silke Trommer and Raj Chari, The Council of Europe: Interest Groups and Ideological Missions?, West European Politics, 29, (4), 2006, p665 - 686 Journal Article, 2006

Eric Shea and Raj Chari, Policy Formulation, Implementation and Feedback in EU Merger Control, Discussion Paper 147, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 2006 Working Paper, 2006

Francesco Cavatorta, Raj Chari and Sylvia Kritzinger, The European Union and Morocco: Security Through Authoritarianism? Working Paper 110 Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna, 2006 Working Paper, 2006

Raj S. Chari, Why did the Spanish Communist Strategy Fail?, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 21, (2), 2005, p296 - 301 Journal Article, 2005

Raj S. Chari, The 2004 Spanish Election: Terrorism as a Catalyst for Change, West European Politics, 27, (5), 2004, p954 - 963 Journal Article, 2004

Sylvia Kritzinger, Francesco Cavatorta and Raj S. Chari, Continuity and Change in Party Positions Towards Europe in Italian Parties: An Examination of Parties' Euro-Manifestos, Journal of European Public Policy, 11, (6), 2004, p954 - 974 Journal Article, 2004

Raj Chari, Alfonso Egea, Kenneth Benoit and Michael Laver, Spain and European Union Constitution Building", Working Paper No. 45/2004, Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, Madrid, Spain, 2004 Working Paper, 2004

Selling Off the State and Supranational Regulation: Informal Governance in the EU in, editor(s)T.Christiansen and S.Piattoni , Informal Governance in the European Union, London, Edward Elgar, 2004, pp114 - 128, [Raj S. Chari and Hilary McMahon] Book Chapter, 2004

Raj S. Chari, Review of Iberian Trade Unionism Democratisation Under the Impact of the European Union, by José M. Magone , West European Politics, 27, (1), 2004, p170-171 Review, 2004

Raj S. Chari, Suvi Iltanen, and Sylvia Kritzinger, Examining and Explaining the Northern League's 'U-Turn' From Europe, Government and Opposition, 39, (3), 2004, p423 - 450 Journal Article, 2004

Raj S. Chari, State Aids in the Airline Sector: A Comparative Analysis of Iberia and Aer Lingus, Dublin, The Policy Institute, 2004, 1 - 45pp Book, 2004 TARA - Full Text

Raj S. Chari, Review of Democracy's Voices - Social Ties and the Quality of Public Life in Spain, by Robert Fishman , Democratization, 11, (5), 2004, p227-228 Review, 2004

Raj S. Chari, Symposium: The Iraq War and Political Science - Introduction, European Political Science, 3, (1), 2003, p5 - 6 Journal Article, 2003

Raj S. Chari and Hilary McMahon, Reconsidering the Patterns of Organised Interests in Irish Policy-Making, Irish Political Studies, 18, (1), 2003, p27 - 50 Journal Article, 2003

Raj S. Chari and Francesco Cavatorta, The Iraq War: Killing Dreams of a Unified EU?, European Political Science, 3, (1), 2003, p25 - 29 Journal Article, 2003

Raj S.Chari and Francesco Cavatorta, "Economic Actors' Political Activity in 'Overlap Issues': Privatisations and State Aid Control,", West European Politics, Vol 25, (No 4), 2002, p119 - 142 Journal Article, 2002

Matthew Kerby and Raj S. Chari, Policy Scandals: A Spanish Case, Government and Opposition, 37, (3), 2002, p409 - 425 Journal Article, 2002

Raj S. Chari, The EU 'Dimensions' in Economic Policy-Making at the Domestic Level. Some Lessons from Labour Market Reform In Spain, South European Society and Politics, 6, (1), 2001, p51 - 73 Journal Article, 2001

K. Gilland and Raj S. Chari, European Integration - Enlargement Now and Then: Implications for Ireland, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 12, (1), 2001, p215 - 230 Journal Article, 2001

Raj S. Chari, The March 2000 Spanish Election: A 'Critical Election'?, West European Politics, 23, (3), 2000, p207 - 214 Journal Article, 2000

Raj S. Chari and Gustavo A. Arteca, A Leadership Selection Index for Multi-ballot Political Party Conventions in Canada, Electoral Studies, 17, (4), 1998, p505 - 522 Journal Article, 1998

Raj S. Chari, Spanish Socialists, Privatising the Right Way?, West European Politics, 21, (4), 1998, p163 - 179 Journal Article, 1998

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Raj Chari and Daniel Hillebrand O'Donovan, Lobbying the European Commission: Open or secret?, 2011 Working Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text URL

Spain, S. Pendergast and T. Pendergast, Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies, 1st, 1-4, Michigan, Gale Group, 2002, pp431 - 446, [Raj S. Chari and Suvi Iltanen] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2002

Research Expertise


Public Policy Analysis; Economic Policy-Making; Social Policy-Making; Deregulation; Privatisation; Party Politics in Spain and Italy.


  • Title
    • Life After Privatization
  • Summary
    • Examining and explaining what happened to firms in the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy after their privatization.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • Dec 19, 2011
  • Date To
    • March 31, 2012
  • Title
    • International Trends in Regulating Lobbying
  • Summary
    • Thus project examines how different political systems in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia have pursued lobbying rules.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • October 2008
  • Date To
    • October 2010
  • Title
    • Public Policies and Multi-Level Regulatory Structures in a Global Economy
  • Summary
    • Comprised of researchers in political science and economics, this team seeks to determine the role of both private parties and administrative networks in the formulation and implementation of different regulatory initiatives. While research will continue on policies studied over the last two years in the IIIS - namely agriculture, trade and merger policy - our research between 2006-7 extends this analysis to other issue areas. This includes analysis of the regulation of financial markets, regulation of anti-terrorist measures in foreign policy, and regulation of interest group lobbying activity by focusing on developments at the international, supranational, and domestic levels of governance. The research theme will undertake innovative research regarding interest representation of private parties within regulatory structures, where rules are formulated and implemented with close cooperation of administrations on the different regulatory levels. It will contribute to the literature on policy coherence between regulatory decisions in different policy domains, and it will also contribute to the literature on modelling the impact of regulatory decisions at the supranational and international levels. The policies studied are chosen for two main reasons. First, they represent regulation of activities of private, economically based actors (regulation of lobbying activity, financial regulation, mergers and agriculture) and government (financial regulation, regulation of anti-terrorist measures, agriculture and trade). This allows us to better compare and contrast developments in issue areas containing a mix both public and private actors. Secondly, the issue areas represent policies wherein regulation across different levels of governance occurs. For example, financial regulation occurs at all three levels of governance; regulation of interest group activity primarily occurs across the supranational and domestic level; agriculture and trade regulation (within the EU) is conducted at the supranational and international levels; while regulation of anti-terrorist measures, if existent, tends to occur within the national level. As a result, having different regulatory initiatives extending across different levels of governance will allow us to better understand the dynamics involved in international and regional integration, in general, and international and regional regulation in particular.
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA (through the IIIS)
  • Date From
    • January 2006
  • Date To
    • July 2007
  • Title
    • Regulating Lobbying Activity in the EU, USA, Canada and Germany
  • Summary
    • The aim of this research, as outlined in the tender documentation, is to establish a clear profile of formal systems for regulating lobbyists in public life in place in Germany, USA, Canada and in European Union institutions, thereby facilitating an assessment of their relevance to Irish public life. Thus the crucial question that needs to be answered is to what extent analysing the regulation of formal systems can help the Irish body politic decide whether it wants to put in place a similar system to one that currently exists, a completely new system, or no system at all. This will be achieved by providing comprehensive answers to the following three questions. 1 What are the regulations in place in the specific states and the European Union institutions? 2 How effective have these regulations been? 3 What lessons can we take to the Irish case?
  • Funding Agency
    • Dept. of the Environment (Govt of Ireland)
  • Date From
    • Fall 2005
  • Date To
    • Summer 2006
  • Title
    • International Regulation of Newly Privatised Firms
  • Summary
    • This project analyzed the privatisation of public enterprises in Spain, Ireland, and France. Results have been published in various sources including leading journal such as West European Politics.
  • Funding Agency
    • IIIS
  • Date From
    • Fall 2002
  • Date To
    • Fall 2004


Canadian politics; Comparitive political economy; Economic policy making; EU Politics; Globalisation; Government Regulations; Political parties; Privatisation and deregulation in western Europe; Public Policy; Spanish politics


Awards and Honours

Faculty Visiting Research Fellowship (VRF), The Policy Institute 2002-2003