A conservative revolution? : electoral change in by Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Gail McElroy

By Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Gail McElroy

"A Conservative Revolution?' examines underlying voter attitudes within the interval 2002-11. Drawing on 3 nationwide election reports the booklet follows social gathering approach evolution and voter behaviour from increase to bust. those facts allow an exceptional perception right into a get together procedure and its electorate at a time of serious swap, because the kingdom went via a interval of quick development to turn into one in every of Europe's wealthiest states in the Read more...


This publication examines Irish balloting behaviour within the first a long time of this century, with a selected concentrate on the 2011 election - an election held at a time of deep fiscal crisis. Read more...

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7. 24 Class Politics in Ireland bottom-up perspectives on the ‘decline of class politics’ tend to suggest that, once lost, cleavage politics will not return: the bottom-up perspective because once classes are relatively similar there is no need for parties to represent different classes and so they will remain catch-all parties (Kitschelt 1994; Clarke et al. 2004, 2009), and the top-down perspective because once parties become vote maximising centrists they will find it difficult to move away from that central catch-all position (Evans and Tilley 2012a, b).

We then test our ideas using INES data from the 2002–11 studies. We conclude with a discussion of the importance of the findings for our understanding of the determinants of voting behaviour in Ireland and also the more general significance of ‘realigning’ elections and social cleavage politics. Class Politics in Ireland The long-standing consensus about social cleavages in Ireland is that there are none. A range of authors, drawing on distinct datasets, has demonstrated that social class, in particular, has a minimal impact on party choices at elections (Whyte 1974; Sinnott 1978, 1987, 1995; Carty 1983; Laver 1986a, b; Laver et al.

Does it generally hold in Ireland? Or is Ireland a political exception here, as well as perhaps an economic exception? ’ Beyond the perennial issue of exceptionalism, the question of whether the Irish are not really economic voters has intrinsic interest, especially in times of crisis. To what extent are the electoral upheavals of recent years attributable to the changes observed in economic conditions? Fortunately, we can provide a firm answer to this question, thanks to the existence of the Irish National Election Study (INES) surveys of 2002, 2007, and 2011.

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