Title

No Irish Need Apply? Veto Players and Legislative Productivity in the Republic of Ireland, 1949-2000

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

This analysis fills an important lacuna in comparative legislative studies by testing the veto players theory against a newly constructed data set of significant domestic policy legislation passed in the Republic of Ireland between 1949 and 2000. Distinguishing between single-party majority, coalition, and minority governments, the analysis places into sharp relief the ways in which the unique context of Irish political parties and institutional dynamics conflict with the basic tenets of the veto players framework. The results underscore the contextual constraints on applicability of the theory.

Publication Title

Comparative Political Studies

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

91

Last Page

118