Michael Courtney

Irish MPs are more in favour of European integration than their voters, which may be a result of the under-representation of certain social groups in parliament.

Using recent survey data, Michael Courtney illustrates that Irish MPs exhibit significantly higher levels of support for European integration than their voters, particularly those in the governing Fine Gael-Labour coalition. This may be due to the disproportionately low levels of female MPs, young MPs and those from lower social classes. However, despite this gap between the preferences of voters and […]

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A Yes vote for the Fiscal Treaty was the cheaper and safer option for Ireland.

Last week, Ireland voted ‘Yes’ to the European Fiscal Stability Treaty, despite some predictions that the country would vote No. Michael Courtney argues that Irish voters knew that voting Yes was the only way to secure future bailouts, should they be needed. A No vote was simply too risky. There are some intriguing aspects to Ireland’s referendum on the European […]

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