Bernadette C. Hayes

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    The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The DUP’s illiberal views are at the centre of attention. But what about the strategies that underpin political agendas in Northern Ireland? Bernadette C. Hayes and John Nagle examine the attitudes of DUP and Sinn Fein supporters towards same-sex marriage and abortion. They find that the two groups tend to diverge over issues that are subject to ethnonational contestation […]

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    Female electoral turnout in Northern Ireland: the democratic deficit among Protestant women

Female electoral turnout in Northern Ireland: the democratic deficit among Protestant women

Using data from the 2015 Northern Ireland Election Survey, Bernadette C. Hayes examines differences in electoral turnout between Protestant and Catholic women in Northern Ireland. She finds that Catholic women are significantly more likely to vote than Protestant women. She explains the implications.

Political participation and electoral turnout are considered the life blood of a healthy democracy. This is considered […]