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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Voters, Parties and Elections Specialist Group


Dr. Johan Elkink, University College Dublin. Email:

Dr. Rory Costello, University of Limerick. Email:


The Voters, Parties and Elections group has three main aims:

  1. It will form a network of specialists in voting behaviour, political parties and elections in Ireland. The network welcomes postgraduate scholars and established academics.
  2. The group will build a collaborative forum and act as the locus for sharing of research ideas and the dissemination of material on the central themes of the group.
  3. The group will seek collaboration with similar groups in sister organisations in other countries.


The group has plans for a range of activities which will establish the network and develop the forum for the sharing of research ideas and outcomes. Workshops will be organised throughout the year on themes of interest to group members. A small number of ad hoc workshops have already taken place and a central aim is to integrate these meetings into a wider framework, providing opportunities for wider dissemination and networking.

Dedicated panels will be convened at the annual conference of the PSAI and, in elections years, specialist workshops will be integrated into the programme of the conference.

It is expected that panel proposals for conferences at sister organisations will emerge from these events and collaboration among members in applications for research funding will also be promoted.

The group will create a blog which will act as a forum for exchange of ideas as well as a communication device for members.


The Voters, Parties and Elections Specialist Groupwelcomes members from across disciplinary areas and specialist areas. To become a member of the Group you must be a member of the PSAI, which you can join here.

You do not have to belong to an Irish university to be a PSAI member or to join the Group.