Author Archives: Claire McGing

About Claire McGing

PhD student with interests in gender politics, electoral geography, candidate selection and political reform.

How much do Irish political parties spend on promoting women?

By Claire McGing, Government of Ireland IRCHSS scholar and John and Pat Hume scholar, NUI Maynooth In May 2011, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, announced his intention to introduce legislation whereby political parties must ensure … Continue reading

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Gender and Voting Patterns in the 2011 General Election

By Claire McGing, IRCHSS scholar, Dept of Geography, NUI Maynooth  Women comprised just 15 per cent of women candidates in the 2011 general elections, but how did those that ran fare in comparison to their male colleagues in terms of voting patterns?

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Is there a ‘gender gap’ in Irish voting behaviour? Looking at GE 2011

Does gender impact on voting behaviour in the Republic of Ireland? Although historically Fianna Fáil was the most popular party with women voters (the female vote may have been crucial to their success in 1977 in particular), research on more … Continue reading

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Anything but unusual: the use of Gender Quotas in the EU states

By Claire McGing, John and Pat Hume and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences scholar, Department of Geography,  NUI Maynooth Under planned new legislation, political parties will have to implement a gender quota for future general election … Continue reading

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Gender, Candidate Selection and Constituency Size in the 2011 General Election

By Claire McGing, John and Pat Hume scholar and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) scholar, Dept of Geography, NUI Maynooth Research suggests that the larger the constituency size (often called the ‘district magnitude’), the better … Continue reading

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The Bigger the Better: Female Candidates and Constituency Size in the 2007 General Election

Claire McGing, Dept of Geography, NUI Maynooth (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Scholar) Some international scholars have suggested that large constituency sizes (the number of seats in a constituency is often called the ‘district magnitude’) … Continue reading

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