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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.

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Dr MacCarthaigh is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Irish Government and Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Local Government
  • Public Sector Reform
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Research students

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
Country: Ireland
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."


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