Constituency Orientation in Irish Politics: Video Statements of the Candidates in the Irish General Election 2016

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  • Isabel Kusche
The constituency orientation of Irish politicians is a recurring topic in Irish political science. Its analysis has predominantly focused on TDs. This article uses a content analysis of candidate video statements in the general election 2016 in order to assess the strength of constituency orientation among Irish politicians. The results show a distinct geographical pattern, with a band of strong constituency orientation along the West coast extending into a corridor that reaches far into the East of the country. Differences between urban and rural areas and between centre and periphery shape this pattern, indicated by the weak constituency orientation in Dublin and Cork constituencies. Results also indicate differences between parties and some political statuses, while the gender of the candidates is of no relevance. Although the material does not permit a clear distinction between effects of political culture and short-term considerations, taken together the results indicate that localism in Irish politics matters, but in more complicated ways than usually depicted.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIrish Political Studies
Pages (from-to)498-520
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • constituency orientation, political culture, electoral candidates, parties

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