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Professor John Coakley BA, MA, DLitt, MRIA

Professor of Politics, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast &

Professor Emeritus of Politics, University College Dublin


Room: 025.01.009

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Former positions:
Head, School of Politics and International Relations, UCD (2007-08); founding Director, Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD (1999-); Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Politics, UCD (1994-); Lecturer in Politics, University of Limerick (1976-94); formerly a visiting scholar at various institutions; Woodrow Wilson Scholar (2005-06); Fulbright Scholar (2005-06); Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University (2011)

Professional work, honours:
Group Leader, Political Science, Education Ministry of the Russian Federation, Assessment Panel on “Attracting leading scientists to Russian universities” (2013)
Member, Royal Irish Academy (2012-)
Member, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2008-12)
Chair, IRCHSS International Advisory Committee (2010-12)
Member, Portuguese Science Council Evaluation Committee on Political Science (2009-12)
Member, ESF Standing Committee for the Social Sciences (2002-08)
Member, RIA National Committee on Economics and Social Science (1996-2000)
Member, Irish Social Science Research Council (RIA) (1996-2000)
Vice President, International Social Science Council (2002-06)
Executive Committee, International Social Science Council (1997-)
Secretary General, International Political Science Association (1994-2000)
Vice President, Research Committee on Politics and Ethnicity, IPSA (1988-94)
President, Vice-President, Secretary, PSAI (1984-92)
Various other posts and external examinerships

4+Selected recent publications (2010-)


  • Coakley, J. and Todd, J, (eds) (2014) Breaking patterns of conflict: Britain, Ireland and the Northern Ireland conflict. London: Routledge
  • Coakley, J, and Rafter, K (eds) (2014) The Irish presidency: power, ceremony and politics. Dublin: Irish Academic Press
  • Coakley, J. (2013) Reforming political institutions: Ireland in comparative perspective. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration
  • Coakley, J (2012) Nationalism, ethnicity and the state: making and breaking nations. London: Sage
  • Coakley, J (ed.) (2010) Pathways from ethnic conflict: institutional redesign in divided societies. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Coakley, J; Gallagher, M (eds) (2010) Politics in the Republic of Ireland, 5th ed. London: Routledge


  • Coakley, J (2014) ‘The strange revival of bicameralism’. Journal of Legislative Studies, 20 (4):542-572
  • Coakley, J; Fraenkel, J (2014) ‘Resolving conflict in bipolar societies: the cases of Fiji and Northern Ireland’. Political Science, 66 (1):23-45
  • Coakley, J (2014) ‘British-Irish institutional structures: towards a new relationship’. Irish Political Studies, 29 (1):76-97
  • Coakley, J; Todd, J (2014) ‘Breaking patterns of conflict in Northern Ireland: new perspectives’. Irish Political Studies, 29 (1):1-14
  • Coakley, J. (2012) ‘An ambiguous office? The position of head of state in the Irish constitution’, Irish Jurist, 48: 43-70
  • Coakley, J. (2012) ‘The prehistory of the Irish presidency’, Irish Political Studies, 27 (4): 539-558
  • Coakley, J.; Rajter, K. (2012) ‘The President of Ireland: a constitutional and political figurehead?’, Irish Political Studies, 27 (4): 493-501
  • Coakley, J (2011) ‘Kingdoms, republics and people’s democracies: legitimacy and national identity in European constitutions’. National Identities, 13 (3):267-285
  • Coakley, J (2011) ‘The challenge of consociation in Northern Ireland’. Parliamentary Affairs, 64 (3):473-493
  • Coakley, J (2011) ‘The religious roots of Irish nationalism’. Social Compass, 58 (2):95-114
  • Coakley, J (2010) ‘Selecting Irish government ministers: an alternative pathway?’. Administration, 58 (3):1-26
  • Coakley, J (2010) ‘The rise and fall of minor parties in Ireland’. Irish Political Studies, 25 (4):503-538
  • Coakley, J (2010) ‘When is alien rule legitimate?’. Ethnopolitics, 9 (3-4):407-410


  • Coakley, J.; Rafter, K. (2014) ‘Introduction: new perspectives on the President of Ireland’ In: Coakley, J.; Rafter, K (eds). The Irish presidency: power, ceremony and politics. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.1-16
  • Coakley, J.; Rafter, K. (2014) ‘Conclusion: the president of Ireland: past, present and future’ In: Coakley, J.; Rafter, K (eds). The Irish presidency: power, ceremony and politics. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. , pp.194-209
  • Coakley, J (2013) ‘Non-territorial autonomy: a non-option for Northern Ireland?’ In: Nimni, E; Osipov, A; Smith, D (eds). The challenge of non-territorial autonomy: theory and practice. Oxford: Peter Lang. , pp.55-70
  • Coakley, J (2013) ‘Primordialism and the study of nationalism’ In: Williams, MH (ed) The multicultural dilemma: migration, ethnic politics and state intermediation. London: Routledge
  • Coakley, J (2011) ‘The last senate election?’ In: Gallagher, M; Marsh, M (eds). How Ireland voted, 2011. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Coakley, J; McKenna, M (2011) ‘Whatever happened to republicanism?: Changing images of the monarchy in Ireland and Australia’ In: Holmes, K; Ward, S (eds). Exhuming passions: the pressure of the past in Ireland and Australia. Dublin: Irish Academic Press
  • Coakley, J (2011) ‘National majorities in new states: managing the challenge of diversity [English version]’ In: Gagnon, A; Lecours, A; Nootens, G (eds). Contemporary majority nationalism. Montreal: McGill-QueensUniversity Press
  • Coakley, J (2010) ‘The effectiveness of federal responses to ethnic conflict’ In: Adrian Guelke (eds). The challenges of ethno-nationalism: case studies in identity politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan