author={Karin Gilland Lutz},
  journal={Irish Political Studies},
  pages={40 - 59}
  • K. Lutz
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Political Science
  • Irish Political Studies
The article examines evidence from the 2002 general election in order to reassess the claim that Irish political parties are to all intents and purposes similar. The conclusions drawn point in somewhat opposite directions. First, with respect to policy priorities, it is shown that parties' long‐term policy priorities are widely divergent in a way that reflects long‐standing differences in the parties' identities. Second, when it comes to parties' policy positions (especially Fianna Fáil and… 

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