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Name Gallagher, Michael
College Address Political Science,
1 College Green
Main Department Political Science
College Title Professor of Comparative Politics
College Tel +353 1 896 1891
Fax +353 1 677 0546
Michael Gallagher is a Professor in the Department of Political Science (Associate Professor 1998–2006). He was a Lecturer (since 2012 this grade has been titled assistant professor) in the department 1979-1998. He was a Visiting Professor in the Center for European Studies and Ireland House, New York University, 1997, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, City University, Hong Kong, 2001, and a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po Lille in February 2007. He did two degrees (a first degree and a masters) in Computer Science, emphasising the area of artificial intelligence and using in particular the specialist language POP-2, before switching to Political Science in the mid-1970s. His main areas of expertise are comparative electoral systems, political institutions, political parties, and Irish politics.
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Michael Gallagher has taught in JF, SF, JS and SS years, as well as at postgraduate level. In 2013–14 he teaches the year-long undergraduate modules PO3630 Irish Politics (approx 100 students) and PO4670 Political Parties (approx 30 students). Like other members of the Department of Political Science he has been actively involved in supervision of postgraduate students. Postgraduates to have completed theses under his supervision include Gerald McElroy (PhD, 1990), Yvonne Galligan (PhD, 1995), Frances Gardiner (PhD, 2000), Mary-Clare O'Sullivan (PhD, 2002), Ronan Murphy (MPhil, 2005), Eoin O'Malley (PhD, 2005), Liam Weeks (PhD, 2008), Shane Mac Giollabhui (PhD, 2009), Maria Laura Sudulich (PhD, 2010), Séin Ó Muineacháin (2012), Michael Courtney (2014).
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
BA Computer Science University of Lancaster     1972
MSc Computer Science University of Essex Distinction A heuristic approach to problem-solving (attempted to apply artificial intelligence techniques to solving tangram puzzles) 1973
MSc Political Science University of Strathclyde   Electoral support for Irish political parties 1927-73 1974
PhD Political Science University of Strathclyde   The Irish Labour Party in transition 1979
Details Date
Election analyst on RTE radio for general, European and local elections since 1979; contributor to newspapers and other media on political issues
Co-director of two workshops at annual sessions of European Consortium for Political Research
Consultancy re Kazakhstan electoral system in Almaty (Alma-Ata) on behalf of National Democratic Institute
Presented papers at conferences in 15 different countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, UK, USA) 1980-
Joint editor, Irish Political Studies 1992-94
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Head of department, Political Science, two terms; 2005–2008, and 2010 2013
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member, Political Studies Association of Ireland; President 1994-96; vice-president 1992-94; secretary 1988-92; committee member 1986-87, 2003-05;
Member of editorial boards of journals: European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Irish Political Studies
Member, Political Studies Association (UK)
Member, Elections, Public Opinion and Parties group (EPOP)
Member, Comparative Electoral Systems group of International Political Science Association, past committee member
Awards and Honours
Award Date
MRIA (Member of the Royal Irish Academy) 2013–
President, Political Studies Association of Ireland 1994-1996
Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
University of Lancaster (BA, Computer Science) 1969 1972
University of Essex (MSc, Computer Science) 1972 1973
University of Strathclyde (MSc Political Science) 1973 1974
University of Strathclyde (PhD Political Science) 1974 1979
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Professor of Comparative Politics Department of Political Science Trinity College Dublin 2006–
Associate Professor Department of Political Science TCD 1998 2006
Visiting Professor Sciences-Po Université de Lille 2007 2007
Visiting Professor Department of Politics and Public Administration City University, Hong Kong 2001 2001
Visiting Professor Centre for European Studies and Glucksman Ireland House New York University 1997 1997
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Description of Research Interests
His main specialism in a comparative context is electoral systems, which could be very broadly defined as the set of rules that structure the way in which votes at elections are cast and then convert these votes into seats. He maintains an electoral systems web site at He is also interested in the role of political institutions generally. For a number of years he has worked on political parties, especially their internal organisation and the role of members within them. He has undertaken research on many aspects of Irish politics, and on a number of aspects of comparative European politics.
Research Interests
Backgrounds, attitudes and activism of party members Comparative European politics Comparative political institutions Electoral systems
Irish politics Political parties
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Michael Gallagher, Michael Laver and Peter Mair, Representative Government in Modern Europe, 5, Maidenhead and New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011, 507 pp
Notes: [A widely used advanced teaching and research textbook on European politics. As of 2011, in all editions, this book has sold over 50,000 copies]
John Coakley and Michael Gallagher (eds), Politics in the Republic of Ireland, 5, London and Beverly Hills, Routledge and PSAI Press, 2010, 490pp
Notes: [The standard book on Irish politics]
The changing constitution in, editor(s)John Coakley and Michael Gallagher , Politics in the Republic of Ireland, London, Routledge and PSAI Press, 2010, pp72 - 108, [Michael Gallagher]
The constituency role of Dáil deputies in, editor(s)John Coakley and Michael Gallagher , Politics in the Republic of Ireland 5, London, Routledge and PSAI Press, 2010, pp230 - 262, [Michael Gallagher and Lee Komito]
Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell (editors), The Politics of Electoral Systems, paperback, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, 662 + xxxii pp
Notes: [This is a paperback edition of the 2005 hardback listed below; very slightly revised and updated but fundamentally the same book. The hardback has received 9 journal reviews so far, all of them favourable (see website)]
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