Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Costello, Rory
Irish Political Studies
The ideological space in Irish politics: comparing voters and parties
Optional Fields
Policy dimensions voting advice applications issue congruence representation

Drawing on an original survey of voters and parties, this article examines the policy space in Irish politics in the context of the 2016 general election. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses show that four broad ideological dimensions structure votersí policy views across a range of salient issues. These are an economic dimension, a cultural dimension, a religious dimension and an austerity dimension. Comparing the location of voters and parties on these dimensions, gaps in the policy space are identified where voters are not represented by any party. Most noticeably, a significant segment of the electorate is found to have left-wing views on economic issues but conservative/authoritarian views on the cultural dimension, and this combination is currently not offered by any of the existing political parties. The article also highlights areas where political parties are out of step with the views of their own voters.
Grant Details
Irish Research Council grant REPRO/2015/117