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Hiring, Firing and Promises: The Mechanisms Behind the Formation of the 2016 Irish Government

By Stephen Crosby Ireland’s 2016 General Election produced one of the most fragmented and disorganised parliaments in the country’s history (O’Malley, 2016, p. 255).  With the outgoing coalition government of Fine Gael (FG) and the Labour Party (LP) not returning … Continue reading

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How effective will the Austrian People’s Party be in Government?

By Adam Costello On 16 October 2017, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP) won a decisive victory in what has been described as a game changer election for Austrian politics (Wesskircher and Bergman, 2017). The OVP secured 31.6% of the … Continue reading

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Effective Mechanisms for the Advancement of Female Representation in National Parliaments

By Sophie Becker An overwhelming majority of countries across the globe display a disproportionately small number of women represented in their national parliaments. Generally speaking, females make up approximately half the population, yet parliaments rarely reflect these demographics. This is … Continue reading

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