Recent Submissions

  • The available voter 

    Verheyen, Seppe (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2015)
    Contemporary research on electoral volatility often focuses on those who switch party preferences, but the switching itself does not inform us about who is available for electoral competition among the parties. Making use ...
  • The role and electoral influence of party leaders in parliamentary systems 

    Schwirz, Laura Maria (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2015)
    This project investigates the role and electoral influence of party leaders in parliamentary systems and addresses three research questions: what is the relative importance of leaders vis-a-vis political parties and how ...
  • The impact of electoral systems upon the behaviour of members of parliament 

    Mjekiqi, Shqipe (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2015)
    This thesis examines the impact of electoral systems on the way Members of Parliament (MPs) behave as measured both in terms of Parliamentary Party Group (PPG) unity and constituency links. The main argument is that electoral ...
  • Explaining the collapse of communism in Poland : how the strategic misperception of Round Table negotiators produced an unanticipated outcome 

    Hayden, Jacqueline P. (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2002)
    This dissertation set out to discover why the Polish communist party (PUWP) lost power in Poland over the summer of 1989. Given the fact that neither the PUWP nor Solidarity expected the fall of communism at the outset of ...
  • The violence of democracy : electoral violence in sub-Saharan Africa, 1997 to 2012 

    Coughlan, Edmond Patrick (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Political Science, 2015)
    This study is concerned to address the following (question: Why are some elections in Sub-Saharan Africa marked by violence while other elections are not? Some 20% of elections in this region have experienced violence to ...

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