Sean McGraw

Sean McGraw

Rev. Sean McGraw, C.S.C., Assistant Professor, Political Science

Fr. McGraw's publications include How Parties Win: Shaping the Irish Political Arena, University of Michigan Press (2015). The book explores the ways in which Ireland’s established parties have employed multiple strategies along several dimensions to preserve their longer-term electoral predominance during a period of unprecedented economic and social change. These party strategies include the institutional displacement of potentially contentious issues, the absorption and avoidance of issues along the ideological dimension, and organizational adaptation at the national and local levels. Somewhat paradoxically, centralization, professionalization, and other attendant modernizing political trends have reinforced the traditional character of Irish party politics. Rather than rationalizing patterns of party competition, these trends have deepened the clientelism, personalism, and local character of Irish politics. 

His other research examines the relationship between civil society and social capital, as well as the role of religion within this debate.

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