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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) and is currently in his eighth year as Head of Department. 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, other media and 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
Expert witness to Committee on Electoral Reform of Canadian House of Commons, July 2016; disproportionality formula subsequently held up for display by Minister Maryam Monsef in Commons chamber.
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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
The changing nature of electoral competition in Ireland in, editor(s)Niall O Dochartaigh, Katy Hayward and Elizabeth Meehan , Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland, Abingdon, Routledge, 2017, pp110 - 128, [Michael Gallagher], Notes: [On whether the Irish party system has become more nationalised over time], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Pathological parochialism or a valuable service? Attitudes to the constituency service role of Irish parliamentarians in, editor(s)Michael Marsh, David M Farrell, Gail McElroy , A Conservative Revolution? Electoral change in twenty-first-century Ireland, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp143 - 171, [Michael Gallagher and Jane Suiter], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh, How Ireland Voted 2016: the election that nobody won, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 1 - 327pp, Notes: [The definitive account of Ireland's 2016 election, and the eighth in the How Ireland Voted series], Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh eds, How Ireland Voted 2016: the elections that nobody won, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 1-327pp, Notes: [10.1007/978-3-319-40889-7], Book, PUBLISHED
The results analysed: the aftershocks continue in, editor(s)Michael Gallagher and Michael Marsh , How Ireland Voted 2016: the election that nobody won, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp125 - 157, [Michael Gallagher], Notes: [The definitive account of Ireland's 2016 general election, and the eighth in the How Ireland Voted series.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
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

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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.