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Dr. Jacqueline Hayden
Assistant Professor, Political Science


Dr Jacqueline Hayden was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2013 for her research and contribution to the transition to democracy in Poland. She was a journalist and current affairs radio producer with RTE before returning to university (TCD) to study for a PhD. She currently teaches Politics and Irish Society (1st year) and Issues in Contemporary Politics (4th year). She has previously taught at UCD and DCU.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacqueline Hayden, The Collapse of Communist Power in Poland: Strategic misperceptions and unanticipated outcomes , London, Routledge Curzon, 2006 Book, 2006

Jacqueline Hayden (with Kenneth Benoit), Institutional Change and Persistence: The Evolution of Poland's Electoral System, 1989-2001, The Journal of Politics, 66, (2), 2004, p396 - 427 Journal Article, 2004

The Media and the Campaign in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher, Michael Marsh and Paul Mitchell , , How Ireland Voted 2002, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, [Jacqueline Hayden with Heinz Brandenburg] Book Chapter, 2003

Jacqueline Hayden, Explaining the Collapse of Communism in Poland: Strategic Misperceptions and Unanticipated Outcomes , The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 17, (4), 2001, p108 - 129 Journal Article, 2001

Jacqueline Hayden, Poles Apart: Solidarity and the New Poland, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 1994 Book, 1994

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacqueline Hayden , Lady G: A Biography of The Honourable Lady Goulding LL.D , Dublin, Townhouse Press,, 1994 Book, 1994

Research Expertise


Democratic theory, regime change, authoritarian persistence with a focus on former communist countries in East Central Europe.


  • Title
    • Voices from the Rubicon: Lessons from the Polish Transition to Democracy
  • Summary
    • In preparation - Voices from the Rubicon: Lessons from the Polish Transition to Democracy (Routledge:) This new book will examine the institutional, political, economic and social choices made in the process of the Polish transition from the perspective of the key players, politicians, academics and other influential actors who influenced or executed these choices. Path Dependency theory posits that institutional choices made at critical junctures in a nation's history influence and predict the social and political environment for years to come. Taking the path dependent analytical approach this book will focus on the nature and motivation of the actors involved in making the institutional choices that determined the path of Poland's transition. The author seeks to understand why certain choices were made and ascertain how key actors evaluate the efficacy of those choices in the light of the experience and legacy of transition. The book will review a range of institutional choices in order to assess the lessons that may be learned for other countries embarking on the road to democratic transition. The current project will draw on interviews conducted with more than sixty five key players at various points between 1980 and 2013.


Democratic Transition and Consolidation; Judicial activism ; Polish Politics and Society; Politics of Eastern Europe; The role of institutions in transitions to democracy


Awards and Honours

1 Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland presented by President Komorowski at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on June 4th 'for outstanding services rendered to the promotion of Poland's transition to democracy' - 2013 2013

. Political Science Association of Ireland Teaching and Learning Award - 2012

. Runner up - European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Central European University, Budapest) - 2012 2012

. TCD Provost's Teaching and Learning Award - 2010 2010


Political Studies Association; Midwest Political Science Association

Political Science Association of Ireland. American Political Science Association