Dr MacCarthaigh's current research interests relate to the politics and practice of state retrenchment and administrative reform, issues with which he is involved in a number of international research networks, and with a particular focus on the Irish case. As well as these areas he teaches on Irish politics, he has ongoing interests in the study of state agencies, political-administrative relationships, corporate governance and institutional reform, accountability studies, and various other aspects of public governance and policy.
Dr MacCarthaigh is open to PhD applications in the fields of;
- Irish Government and Politics
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
- Local Government
- Public Sector Reform
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
PhD Title: Does open government increase government accountability?
Name: Connel McKeown
Years of Study: 2016-19
Alumni: where are they now?
Aodhán Mac Cormaic
PhD Title: Ministers and ‘can do’ officials: Modes of politicization in the Irish civil service
Years of Study: 2012-2015
Current position: Director of Irish, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
"Researching at Queen's under the guidance of Muiris MacCarthaigh was a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience. Having access to such insightful and deep knowledge of politico-administrative systems both in an Irish and international context brought considerable added value to my research, for which I received a global publishing deal. I could not recommend Dr. MacCarthaigh and the team at Queen's University more highly."