Sean McGraw

Sean McGraw

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

Fr. McGraw received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Master's of Divinity degree. He also holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Fr. McGraw has written numerous articles in refereed publications, for example, "Ideological Flexibility and Electoral Success: An Analysis of Irish Party Competition," in Irish Political Studies (2016). His first book, How Parties Win: Shaping the Irish Political Arena, University of Michigan Press (2015), 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, he writes, these trends have deepened the clientelism, personalism, and local character of Irish politics. 

Fr. McGraw's additional research examines the relationship between civil society and social capital, as well as the role of religion within this debate.

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