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A Conservative Revolution?: Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century Ireland

Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, and Gail McElroy


The Irish general election of 2011—held in the midst of economic crisis—appeared, in many respects, exceptional. The most notable outcome was the collapse of Fianna Fáil, one of the world’s most enduring and successful parties. Fianna Fáil’s defeat was among the largest experienced by a major party in the history of parliamentary democracy. It went from being the largest party in the state to being a bit player in Irish political life. And yet, for all this talk of change and electoral volatility, ultimately there was much that remained the same, perhaps most distinctly of all the fact that no ... More

Keywords: Irish elections, Irish national election study, voting behaviour, voter volatility, party system change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744030
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Marsh, editor
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin

David M. Farrell, editor
Professor and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Gail McElroy, editor
Professor of Political Science and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

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