Politics with Hidden Bases: Unearthing the Deep Roots of Party Systems

@article{Byrne2012PoliticsWH,
  title={Politics with Hidden Bases: Unearthing the Deep Roots of Party Systems},
  author={Kevin P. Byrne and Eoin O'malley},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  year={2012},
  volume={14},
  pages={613 - 629}
}
The research presented here uses a novel method to show that contemporary party systems may originate much further back than is usually assumed or might be expected—in reality many centuries. Using data on Ireland, a country with a political system that poses significant challenges to the universality of many political science theories, by identifying the ancestry of current party elites we find ethnic bases for the Irish party system arising from population movements that took place from the… Expand

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