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Personal Information
College Photo Name Marsh, Michael Anthony
Main Department Political Science
College Title Fellow Emeritus
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Fax +353 1 677 0546
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Political Studies Association of Ireland 1987
American Political Science Association 1989
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow of TCD 1997
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Description of Research Interests
Irish politics (Irish Elections and Public Opinion), Comparative Electoral behaviour ( particularly European Union), Political Parties and Party Organisations
Research Interests
Backgrounds, attitudes and activism of party members EU Politics Electoral Systems Electoral systems
Irish opinion polls, election data archive Irish politics, election study, electoral behaviour Political Behavior Political Participation
Political Parties Political parties
Research Projects
Project title Irish Election Study 2006/7
Summary This study will complete an unprecedented inter-election panel study of the Irish electorate with a random sample, face-to-face survey of 1800 members of the electorate after the next general election, expected in 2006 or 2007. The study will build on the longtitudinal core of the PRTLI funded panel study started after the 2002 election , with waves in 2002 [2,600 cases] , 2003, 2004 [approx 1,000 cases each] and 2005/6. Those respondents will be reinterviewed along with a top-up of new cases to ensure the 2006/7 wave will also be representative of the 2006/7 electorate. This project provides a unique vehicle for research on the electoral process. Hence we will consult the larger political studies community about the content of the questionnaire. The survey will ‘carry’ several separate but interelated projects, most notably the third module from the Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (CSES) project [], as well as others which may require and attract additional funding. While the immediate focus of the study will be to establish why people vote as they do in this particular election, the primary research aim will be to establish a original dataset of high quality through which scholars of electoral behaviour in general and Irish elections in particular can explore the attitudinal, sociological and evaluative bases of political stability and political change. To date only cross-sectional data has been available and this has severely handicapped analyses. For this reason, the completion of a panel study to encompass two general elections, as well as intervening local and European elections, provides an invaluable piece of research infrastructure for the analysis of political change in the electorate. This is critical to the examination of the theoretical and empirical foundations of representative democracy and will be used widely by the international community of scholars.
Funding Agency IRCHSS
Programme Infrastructural Project
Type of Project
Date from March 2006
Date to March 2008
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Michael Marsh and James Tilley, The attribution of credit and blame to governments and its impact on vote choice, British Journal of Political Science, 40, (1), 2010, p115 - 134
Michael Marsh, Richard Sinnott, John Garry and Fiachra Kennedy, The Irish voter: the nature of electoral competition in the Republic of Ireland, 1st, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2008
Notes: [Review in Irish Times ]
Kenneth Benoit and Michael Marsh, 'The Campaign Value of Incumbency: A New Solution to the Puzzle of Less Effective Incumbent Spending, American Journal of Political Science, 52, (4), 2008, p874 - 890
Simon Hix and Michael Marsh, Punishment or Protest? Understanding European Parliament Elections, Journal of Politics, 69, (3), 2007, p495 - 510
Michael Marsh, Candidates or parties? Objects of electoral choice in Ireland, Party Politics, 13, (4), 2007, p501 - 528
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