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Professor Michael Gallagher

Professor of Comparative Politics (Political Science)

Michael Gallagher is a Professor in the Department of Political Science (Associate Professor 1998-2006). He was a Lecturer (since 2012 this grade has been titled assistant professor) in the department 1979-1998. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2013. He was a Visiting Professor in the Center for European Studies and Ireland House, New York University, 1997, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, City University, Hong Kong, 2001, and a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po Lille in February 2007. He did two degrees (a first degree and a masters) in Computer Science, emphasising the area of artificial intelligence and using in particular the specialist language POP-2, before switching to Political Science in the mid-1970s. His main areas of expertise are comparative electoral systems, political institutions, political parties, and Irish politics.
  Backgrounds, attitudes and activism of party members   Comparative European politics   Comparative political institutions   Electoral systems   Irish politics   Political parties
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Election analyst on RTE radio for general, European and local elections since 1979; contributor to newspapers and other media on political issues
Co-director of two workshops at annual sessions of European Consortium for Political Research
Consultancy re Kazakhstan electoral system in Almaty (Alma-Ata) on behalf of National Democratic Institute
Presented papers at conferences in 15 different countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, UK, USA) 1980-
Joint editor, Irish Political Studies 1992-94
Expert witness before Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution, November 2008 and November 2009
Expert witness at Constitutional Convention, Malahide, May 2013 and June 2013
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Member, Political Studies Association of Ireland; President 1994-96; vice-president 1992-94; secretary 1988-92; committee member 1986-87, 2003-05;
Member of editorial boards of journals: European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Irish Political Studies
Member, Political Studies Association (UK)
Member, Elections, Public Opinion and Parties group (EPOP)
Member, Comparative Electoral Systems group of International Political Science Association, past committee member
Shqipe Mjekiqi and Michael Gallagher, The parliamentary elections in Kosovo, June 2014, Electoral Studies, 38, 2015, p106 - 109, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Electoral institutions and representation in, editor(s)Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G Niemi, Pippa Norris , Comparing Democracies, London and Los Angeles, Sage, 2014, pp11 - 31, [Michael Gallagher], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Politics in Mayo 1922 to 2013 in, editor(s)Gerard Moran and Nollaig Ó Muraíle , Mayo: history and society, Dublin, Geography Publications, 2014, pp757 - 780, [Michael Gallagher], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Legislators' constituency orientation in, editor(s)Kris Deschouwer and Sam Depauw , Representing the People: a survey among members of statewide and sub-state parliaments, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp166 - 187, [Audrey André, Michael Gallagher and Giulia Sandri], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The political role of the president in, editor(s)John Coakley & Kevin Rafter , The Irish presidency: power, ceremony and politics, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2013, pp40 - 59, [Michael Gallagher], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Michael Courtney, Michael Gallagher , The parliamentary election in Ireland, February 2011, Electoral Studies, 31, (1), 2012, p231 - 234, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Michael Gallagher, The political role of the president of Ireland, Irish Political Studies, 27, (4), 2012, p522 - 538, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver and Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, 5, Maidenhead and New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011, 507 pp, Notes: [A widely used advanced teaching and research textbook on European politics. As of 2011, in all editions, this book has sold over 50,000 copies], Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh eds, How Ireland voted 2011: the full story of Ireland's 'earthquake election', Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2011, 326pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Ireland's earthquake election: analysis of the results in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh , How Ireland Voted 2011, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp139 - 171, [Michael Gallagher], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL

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MRIA (Member of the Royal Irish Academy) 2013-
President, Political Studies Association of Ireland 1994-1996
His main specialism in a comparative context is electoral systems, which could be very broadly defined as the set of rules that structure the way in which votes at elections are cast and then convert these votes into seats. He maintains an electoral systems web site at He is also interested in the role of political institutions generally. For a number of years he has worked on political parties, especially their internal organisation and the role of members within them. He has undertaken research on many aspects of Irish politics, and on a number of aspects of comparative European politics.