The Political Studies Association of Ireland was established in 1982 with the purpose of promoting the study of politics both in and of Ireland. It adopted a constitution and a formal structure in 1984, when it also began organising an annual conference.
The PSAI also produces a number of publications – a series of guides to Irish election results and (in association with Routledge) the standard textbook, Politics in the Republic of Ireland, edited by John Coakley and Michael Gallagher (currently in its fifth edition).
Our peer-reviewed journal Irish Political Studies is published 4 times a year, including a Data Yearbook issue (which provides comprehensive data on politics, elections and public opinion over the previous year).
Founded in 1986, Irish Political Studies has served a crucial constituency of academics, students, journalists and political practitioners. It is the fundamental resource for any serious study of contemporary Ireland, and has contributed significantly to a greater understanding of Irish political science and history, and has helped to place Irish politics in a broader comparative perspective.
The journal’s co-editors are Dr. Peter McLoughlin (QUB) and Dr Dawn Walsh (UCD).