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Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution$
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Laura Cahillane

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100573

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100573.001.0001

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Anti-party politics

Anti-party politics

(p.120) 8 Anti-party politics
Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution

Laura Cahillane

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the theme of anti-party politics in the Irish Free State Constitution and the various devices included in the constitution to prevent the advent of a party-focused political system in Ireland. PR-STV, the external ministers scheme, functional representation and the Seanad are all examined. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the failure of this theme

Keywords:   Party politics, PR-STV, External ministers, Functional representation, The Seanad

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