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Independents in Irish party democracy

Liam Weeks


While in almost all competitive political systems parties are omnipotent at elections, in Ireland independents (non-party MPs) remain significant players. At the Irish general election in 2016, independents won 23 of the 157 contested seats, proportionally the highest level of elected independent representation in the national parliament of any established democracy since 1950, and more than the combined total in all other industrial democracies. Not only have independents in Ireland persisted, but they have also had a significant political impact. Regularly holding the balance of power as kin ... More

Keywords: Independents, Political parties, Elections, Ireland, STV

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099601
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liam Weeks, author
Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Government, University College Cork and an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University