Category: Politics


How to defeat the politics of division and polarisation

Shana Cohen 08/10/2019

Over the next few weeks we will see if the political tactic of accelerating divisiveness triumphs over calls to restore civility in the UK. Neither of the two biggest parties can claim innocence when it comes to demonising opponents. The spectre of angry, destructive politics that has become so entrenched in the UK (and indeed in other countries, …



Think Tanks Should Put 'Public' Back in Policy

Shana Cohen 23/08/2018

According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, “think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and …

Male breadwinner activation, wifely labour and the Irish patriarchy

Mary Murphy 23/05/2018

  Writing in the week of the referendum to repeal the 8thReferendum, the cervical check debacle and the shocking violent deaths of two women it …

Should Ireland Stay in the EU?

Nat O'Connor 04/07/2017

Former Irish ambassador Ray Bassett has written a detailed report for the UK think-tank Policy Exchange entitled After Brexit, Will Ireland be Next …

Economic Inequality and Populism

Nat O'Connor 09/06/2017

On 31 May, I delivered a paper on economic inequality and the rise of populism at the RIA's annual international affairs conference (Retreat from …

Ethics law needs to set the tone for standards in public life

Nuala Haughey 12/01/2017

Issues of ethics in public office are enjoying a rare moment in the spotlight with the ongoing discussion over US President-elect Donald Trump’s …

Is an Irish Trump possible?

Rory Hearne 25/11/2016

Trump’s election should make us reflect about our own national and regional economic and political situations and contexts. Trump’s success has …

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