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Politics in the Republic of Ireland 6 (PRI6)

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This page contains information about the book Politics in the Republic of Ireland, 6th edition (443 pp). ISBN 978-1-138-11944-4 (hardback), 978-1-138-11945-1 (paperback), 978-1-315-65231-3 (ebook). For full details see the Routledge website.

The book was published in early 2018 by Routledge in association with PSAI Press. PSAI Press is the publishing arm of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), which was founded in 1982 and put on an institutional basis in 1984 as the professional organisation of the study of politics in and of Ireland.

This is the sixth edition of the book (PRI6). The previous edition was published in 2010, the fourth edition in 2005, the third in 1999, the second in 1993 and the first in 1992.


What it's about

To quote from the back cover:

"Building on the success of the previous five editions, it continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of government and politics in the Republic of Ireland. Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyses and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes ...Bringing students up to date with the very latest developments, the book combines substance with a highly readable style, providing an accessible textbook that meets the needs of all those who are interested in knowing how politics and government operate in Ireland."

In the words of the editors in the Foreword:

"We have been determined not to see Politics in the Republic of Ireland suffer this fate of death by a thousand updates, and any reader who chooses to compare the sixth edition with its precursors will immediately notice the extent of the changes. The many recent upheavals in the political party system, voting behaviour, patterns of public policy making, constitutional development and political culture require, and receive, due analysis."


Who wrote it

The book has contributions by Fiona Buckley (UCC), John Coakley (UCD and QUB), Kevin Cunningham (DIT), David M. Farrell (UCD), Michael Gallagher (TCD), Yvonne Galligan (QUB), Lee Komito (UCD), Brigid Laffan (EUI), Michael Marsh (TCD), Shane Martin (UE), Gary Murphy (DCU), Eoin O'Malley (DCU), Richard Sinnott (UCD), Ben Tonra (UCD), Liam Weeks (UCC).




'Quite simply this is the best introduction to modern Irish politics that has ever been produced. The editors have assembled an impressive cast of the relevant experts on all the expected themes. Now in its sixth edition this book just keeps getting better and better.' Paul Mitchell, London School of Economics, UK

'Politics in the Republic of Ireland is the place to start for an understanding of Irish politics. This lively new up-to-date sixth edition confirms the book's place at the top of any reading list.' R. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia, Canada

'This is the most comprehensive, authoritative and insightful guide to the Irish political system and the forces which shape it. There is, quite simply, no better textbook on Irish politics. No student or scholar of contemporary Ireland should be without a copy.' Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork, Ireland


More details

The front matter introduces the book and supplies a table of contents together with lists of tables, figures and boxes. The index gives detailed information on the subjects covered, from the Abbeylara case to Zagreb via abortion, the Banking Inquiry, candidate selection, decentralisation, electronic voting, freedom of information, gender quotas, Habitats directive, Irish Republican Army, judicial review, land rezoning, manifestoes, neutrality, oath of allegiance, partition, referendums, semi-presidentialism, trade unions, universities, violence, whips, X case, and Youth Defence.

Thirty sample pages can be viewed here: two files containing the opening pages of each chapter (PRI6SamplePages1.pdf, 12Mb, PRI6SamplePages2.pdf, 11Mb). Both are low-resolution scans and of course do not represent the print quality of the book itself.


How to order

Details on the Routledge website.


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Last updated 17 August, 2018 5:03 PM