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Name Mc Elroy, Gail
Main Department Political Science
College Title Professor/Head of Discipline
College Tel +353 1 896 1029
Fax +353 1 667 0546
Details Date
Editorial Board, British Journal of Political Science 2013-
Editorial Board, Political Science Research and Methods 2013-
Editorial Board, European Union Politics 2007
Editorial Board, Legislative Studies Quarterly 2008-2011
Chair, International Committee, American Political Science Association 2011-2014
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
American Political Science Association 1998 Present
Midwest Political Science Association 1998 Present
European Union Studies Association 2006 Present
International Political Science Association 2006 Present
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2011
Best Paper Award, Political Research Quarterly 2011
Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics (Jean Monnet Fellow), European University Institute Sept 2008-2009
Carl Albert Best Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association 2005
Ghita Ionescu Travel Scholarship for the Study of Comparative Politics 2004
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Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Medium Medium Medium
German Basic Basic Basic
Italian Medium Medium Medium
Description of Research Interests
European Union Politics, European Parliament, European Political Parties, Electoral Politics
Research Interests
Electoral Systems European Elections European Parliament European Union Politics
LEGISLATION LEGISLATIVE REFORM Legislative Organisation Legislative Reform
Political Methodology Political Parties Qualitative research methods
Research Projects
Project title Where are all the Women? The Political Ambition Gap in the Republic of Ireland
Summary In spite of significant social change, the use of a proportional electoral system and no obvious voter bias, the number of Irish female legislators (TDs) remains low by international standards. The evidence to date suggests that, all else equal, women have as good a chance of getting elected as men and the real difficulties in achieving equitable representation lie in the candidate emergence and nomination stages. This project moves current research beyond the study of electoral results and voter data to examine the pool of potential candidates, exploring why qualified women do not put themselves forward for election.
Funding Agency IRCHSS
Programme Collaborative Research Projects
Type of Project
Date from Oct 2012
Date to Sept 2013
Person Months 12

Project title Representation in Europe: Policy Congruence between Citizens and Elites
Funding Agency European Science Foundation/IRCHSS
Programme Eurocores
Type of Project
Date from 1st May 2008
Date to 30 April 2011
Person Months 36

Project title The Globalisation of Party Competition
Summary This programme ocuses on the globalisation of political parties and party competition, with particular reference to the European Union. This project studies the effects of the European Parliament election on political competition at both the national and supra-national level and the interaction between these two domains.
Funding Agency Institute for International Integration Studies
Type of Project
Date from 2004
Date to 2006
Person Months

Project title Legislative Party Switching
Funding Agency National Science Foundation
Programme Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
Type of Project
Date from 2004
Date to 2006
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Gail McElroy and Kenneth Benoit, Policy Positioning in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 13, (1), 2012, p150 - 167
Gail McElroy & Kenneth Benoit, Party Policy and Group Affiliation in the European Parliament, British Journal of Political Science, 40, (2), 2010, p377 - 398
TARA - Full Text
Antoine Yoshinaka, Gail McElroy, Shaun Bowler, The 
of Rapporteurs 
, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 35, (4), 2010, p457 - 486
McElroy, G & Benoit, K, Party Groups and Policy Positions in the European Parliament, Party Politics, 13, (1), 2007, p5 - 28
Gail McElroy, Committee Representation in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 7, (1), 2006, p5 - 29
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