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Professor Gail Mc Elroy
Professor, Political Science
Dean of AHSS, Faculty Office : AHSS

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lisa Keenan and Gail McElroy, Who wants women to run? an investigation of gender differences in patterns of support among Irish local election candidates, Irish Political Studies, 37, (4), 2022, p477 - 498 Journal Article, 2022 URL TARA - Full Text

Shaun Bowler, Gail McElroy, Stefan Müller, Voter Expectations of Government Formation: The Importance of the Information Context in Coalition Systems:, European Journal of Political Research, 61, (1), 2022, p111 - 133 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text

The evolving nature of the Irish policy space in, editor(s)Michael Marsh, Michael Gallagher and Theresa Reidy , How Ireland Vote 2020, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp255 - 273, [Gail McElroy and Lisa Keenan] Book Chapter, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Shaun Bowler, Gail McElroy, Stefan Mueller, Campaigns and the Selection of Policy-seeking Representatives, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 45, (3), 2020, p397 - 431 Journal Article, 2020

The Impact of Gender Quotas on Voting Behaviour in 2016 in, editor(s)David Farrell, Michael Marsh and Theresa Reidy , The Irish Voter 2016, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018, [Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Gail McElroy, Shaun Bowler and Stefan Mueller, Voter preferences and party loyalty under cumulative voting: political behaviour after electoral reform in Bremen and Hamburg, Electoral Studies, 51, (1), 2018, p93 - 102 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Party Competition in Ireland: The emergence of a left right dimension? in, editor(s)Michael Marsh, David Farrell, Gail McElroy , A Conservative Revolution? Electoral Change in 21st Century Ireland, 2017, pp1 - 10, [Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Introduction: The 2011 Election in Context in, editor(s)Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, and Gail McElroy , A Conservative Revolution?, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp1 - 10, [ Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, and Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2017

Lisa Keenan and Gail McElroy , Who supports Gender Quotas in Ireland?, Irish Political Studies, 32, (3), 2017, p382 - 403 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Gail McElroy, Michael Marsh, David Farrell, A Conservative Revolution? Electoral change in 21st century Ireland. , Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 1 - 275pp Book, 2017 URL

Introduction: The 2011 election in context in, editor(s)Michael Marsh, David Farrell and Gail McElroy , A Conservative Revolution? Electoral Change in 21st Century Ireland, 2017, pp61 - 82, [Michael Marsh, David Farrell and Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2017

Voting behaviour in 2016: continuing de-alignment in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh , How Ireland Voted 2016: The Election that Nobody Won, 2016, pp159 - 184, [Michael Marsh and Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2016

Gail McElroy, Irish Candidate Survey, 3, Comparative Candidate Study, 2016 Dataset, 2016 URL

Gail McElroy and Shaun Bowler, Political group cohesion and 'hurrah' voting in the European Parliament, Journal of European Public Policy, 22, (9), 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Gail McElroy, 'Political Ambitions and Attitude Survey', 2014, - Fieldwork collection, 2014

Gail McElroy and Kenneth Benoit, Policy Positioning in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 13, (1), 2012, p150 - 167 Journal Article, 2012

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Gail McElroy, 'Irish Candidate Survey', Comparative Candidate Survey, 2011, - Fieldwork collection, 2011

Gail McElroy and Michael Marsh, Electing Women to the Dáil: Gender Cues and the Irish Voter., Irish Political Studies, 26, (4), 2011, p521 - 534 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Michael Marsh & Gail McElroy, 'Irish National Election Study', 2011, - Fieldwork collection, 2011

Gail McElroy & Kenneth Benoit, Party Policy and Group Affiliation in the European Parliament, British Journal of Political Science, 40, (2), 2010, p377 - 398 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Antoine Yoshinaka, Gail McElroy, Shaun Bowler, The 
of Rapporteurs 
, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 35, (4), 2010, p457 - 486 Journal Article, 2010

M.Lodge, K.Wegrich, G.McElroy, Dodgy kebabs everywhere? Variety of Worldviews and Regulatory Change, Public Administration, 88, (1), 2010, p247 - 266 Journal Article, 2010

Gail McElroy and Michael Marsh, "Candidate Gender and Voter Choice: Analysis from a Multi-Member Preferential Voting System, Political Research Quarterly, 63, (4), 2010, p822 - 833 Journal Article, 2010

Intra-Party Politics at the Transnational Level: party switching in the European Parliament in, editor(s)Kenneth Benoit and Danilla Gianetti , Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Governments, New York, Routledge, 2009, pp205 - 226, [Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2009

Party Group Switching in the European Parliament in, editor(s)Heller, William and Carol Mershon , Legislative Party Switching and the Foundations of Political Parties, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp147-172 , [Gail McElroy and Kenneth Benoit] Book Chapter, 2009

Intra-Party Politics at the Trans-national Level:Party Switching in the European Parliament in, editor(s)Giannetti, Daniela and Kenneth Benoit, , Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Governments in Parliamentary Democracies, London, Routledge, 2008, [Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2008

The polls: a clear improvement in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh , How Ireland Voted 2007: The Full Story of Ireland's General Election, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, pp132 - 147, [Gail McElroy and Michael Marsh] Book Chapter, 2008

Gail McElroy, Committees and Party Cohesion in the European Parliament, Osterreichische Zeitschrift fuer Politikwissenschaft, 37, (3), 2008, p357 - 373 Journal Article, 2008 TARA - Full Text

Legislative Politics in, editor(s)Knud Erik Jorgensen, Mark Pollack, Ben J Rosamond. , Handbook of European Union Politics, SAGE, 2007, pp175 - 194, [Gail McElroy] Book Chapter, 2007

Gail McElroy, Legislative Politics as Normal? Voting Behaviour and Beyond in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 8, (3), 2007, p433 - 448 Journal Article, 2007

McElroy, G & Benoit, K, Party Groups and Policy Positions in the European Parliament, Party Politics, 13, (1), 2007, p5 - 28 Journal Article, 2007

Gail McElroy, Committee Representation in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 7, (1), 2006, p5 - 29 Journal Article, 2006

Why the Opinion Polls Got it Wrong in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh and Paul Mitchell. , How Ireland Voted 2002, Basingstoke , Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, pp159 - 176, [Gail McElroy & Michael Marsh] Book Chapter, 2003

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Le Parlement Européen, Yves Deloye and Michael Bruter, Dictionnaire des Elections Européennes, Paris, Economica, 2005, pp503-512 - [Gail McElroy] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2005

Research Expertise


European Union Politics, European Parliament, European Political Parties, Electoral Politics


  • Title
    • COHESIFY: The Impact of Cohesion Policy on EU Identity
  • Summary
    • COHESIFY will assess the contribution of Cohesion policy to citizens' identification with the EU and produce a new strategy to communicate EU cohesion policy to citizens. To assess how and to what extent EU Cohesion policy affects citizens' perceptions of and identification with the European Union, the project focuses on three inter-related issues: (1) the identity of EU regions in an EU, national, regional and local context (2) governance, communication and impacts of Cohesion policy, including citizens' perceptions of the policy and identification with the EU (3) what is needed to make the Cohesion policy more effective in terms of people's perceptions of the policy and the EU more generally. A mixed methods design is employed using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques including a set of geographically balanced and comparative case studies. COHESIFY will fill a key gap in knowledge for EU and national/regional policymakers and interested stakeholders. The outputs will inform Cohesion policy communication strategies at the EU, Member State and regional levels enabling communication efforts to adapt to local and regional realities maximising their impact, to increase the civic appreciation of Cohesion policy and how to improve regional policy relevance and efficiency. The consortium comprise academic institutions and SMEs across a range of EU Member States with complementary disciplinary and methodological expertise and applied expertise of Cohesion policy, communication strategies and tools for engaging with citizens and the various political structures at EU, national, regional and local levels.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • Feb 1 2016
  • Date To
    • May 31 2018
  • Title
    • Gender and legislative debate in Ireland: When and what female TDs talk about
  • Summary
    • Does gender matter for legislative behaviour? Do female representatives have distinct policy goals? Do women bring alternative perspectives to policy debates? With the centenary of both women's suffrage and the election of the first woman to the Dáil (Markievicz 1918) fast approaching, we know surprisingly little about what female TDs do, once elected. Do they differ from their male counterparts in the topics they focus on for instance; do they broaden the range of public interests represented, do they represent women's and minority issues more systematically? This project examines these questions by examining parliamentary debates in the 22nd-31st Dála.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • March 2015
  • Date To
    • November 2015
  • Title
    • Where are all the Women? The Political Ambition Gap in the Republic of Ireland
  • Summary
    • In spite of significant social change, the use of a proportional electoral system and no obvious voter bias, the number of Irish female legislators (TDs) remains low by international standards. The evidence to date suggests that, all else equal, women have as good a chance of getting elected as men and the real difficulties in achieving equitable representation lie in the candidate emergence and nomination stages. This project moves current research beyond the study of electoral results and voter data to examine the pool of potential candidates, exploring why qualified women do not put themselves forward for election.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • Oct 2012
  • Date To
    • Sept 2013
  • Title
    • Representation in Europe: Policy Congruence between Citizens and Elites
  • Summary
  • Funding Agency
    • European Science Foundation/IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • 1st May 2008
  • Date To
    • 30 April 2011
  • Title
    • The Globalisation of Party Competition
  • Summary
    • This programme ocuses on the globalisation of political parties and party competition, with particular reference to the European Union. This project studies the effects of the European Parliament election on political competition at both the national and supra-national level and the interaction between these two domains.
  • Funding Agency
    • Institute for International Integration Studies
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Legislative Party Switching
  • Funding Agency
    • National Science Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2006


Comparative Government; Electoral Systems; EU Politics; European Elections; European Parliament; EUROPEAN UNION; European Union Politics; Gender and Politics; Irish Political Parties; Irish Politics; Irish politics, election study, electoral behaviour; LEGISLATION; Legislative Organisation; Legislative Reform; Political Methodology; Political Parties; Qualitative research methods



European Political Science Association, Council Member 2015-2018

Chair, International Committee, American Political Science Association 2011-2014

Irish Political Studies Association, Vice-President 2016-2019

Editorial Board, British Journal of Political Science 2013-

Editorial Board, Political Science Research and Methods 2013-

Editorial Board, European Union Politics 2007-

Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly 2008-2011

Editorial Board, Irish Political Studies 2015-

Awards and Honours

Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2011

Best Paper Award, Political Research Quarterly 2011

Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics (Jean Monnet Fellow), European University Institute Sept 2008-2009

Carl Albert Best Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association 2005

Ghita Ionescu Travel Scholarship for the Study of Comparative Politics 2004

Fulbright Scholar 1996

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) Chevening Scholarship 1994

Foundation Scholar 1992


American Political Science Association 1998 – Present

European Political Science Association 2012

Midwest Political Science Association 1998 – Present

European Union Studies Association 2006 – Present