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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Annual conferences

2023 PSAI Annual Conference

The Annual Conference will take place in the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre and Europa Hotel on the weekend of 20–22 October 2023.

Click here to access the Conference Website and access information about the venue, visas and conference organisers.

We invite paper and panel (3–5 papers) proposals from all areas of the discipline. Specialist groups are particularly encouraged to organise and submit panel proposals. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2023. Click here to go straight to the paper/panel submission form (including SG submissions).


Peter Mair Lecture

In 2012, the Political Studies Association of Ireland instituted the Peter Mair lecture in honour of one of Ireland’s most distinguished political scientists. The lecture is delivered at the Association’s annual conference and is to be published in Irish Political Studies.

The lecture series to date includes:

2012 Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden) ‘The End of Party Democracy as we Know It?’ Irish Political Studies 29 (2) 2014

2013 Kenneth Carty (British Columbia) ‘A natural governing party: Fianna Fáil in comparative perspective’ Irish Political Studies 32 (1) 2017

2014 Donatella Della Porta (EUI) ‘Political Cleavages in a Time of Austerity’

2015 Rudy Andeweg (Leiden) ‘Peter Mair on Representative Democracy’ Irish Political Studies (in preparation)

2016 Brigid Laffan (EUI) ‘Europe’s Union: Fractured Polity and Fractious Politics’ Irish Political Studies 33 (1) 2018

2017 Luca Verzichelli (Siena) ‘Back to Responsiveness: The Crisis and Challenges to the European Political Elites’ Irish Political Studies.

2018 Anne Rasmussen (University of Copenhagen): ‘Policy Representation in Europe’

2019 Simon Hix (London School of Economics and Political Science). ‘Remaking Democracy. Ireland as a Role-Model.’

2021 Catherine de Vries (Bocconi University). ‘Political Change in Europe: the Role of Political Entrepreneurs.’

2022 Fernando Casal Bertoa (University of Nottingham). ‘The Problem of Party System Change Revisited.’