Eoghan Kelly (PhD candidate in Politics QUB)
The decline of Duverger? The impact of devolution on party systems in the United Kingdom's regions.
This dissertation looks at how the party systems in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have changed since devolution in 1998/99. It examines if the implementation of a proportional electoral system at the devolved level has allowed space for smaller parties to emerge and challenge for seats, but also to use devolved success as a springboard to the national tier. If successful, long established two party systems could be changed. Wales and Northern Ireland have used identical constituencies at both levels over the entire time frame - although Scotland decoupled theirs in 2005 - which allows for an examination of each constituency to test the impact of devolution on the party systems of the three regions, including setting up an order of preference to predict the likely direction of strategic voting.
Brendan McKee (PhD candidate in Politics QUB)
Core Structures of Modern Nationalism: Prospects in the ‘Celtic Fringe’
Though nationalism and secession are linked, they are not necessarily always bedfellows. In this talk, Brendan examines the relationship that exists between these two terms and uses the real world examples of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales amongst others, to understand why nationalism might come to seek secession. This theoretical examination is done to understand the prospects of secession in the UK and how it might be best responded to.
Hybrid event: 27 University Square/01/003 or Online via Microsoft Teams
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