College Lecturer
Government
2.50
Department of Government
University College Cork
Cork

T: +353-21-490-2941
E: l.weeks@ucc.ie

Liam Weeks has been a full-time lecturer in the Department of Government since September 2006. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney.

He was on secondment from 2010 to 2013 to take up an Irish Research Council Marie Curie Fellowship, which he held at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. While in Australia he was also a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, having been conferred with a BA in History & Political Science (2001), a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics (2006) and a PhD in Political Science (2008). In 2010 he was conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from University College Cork.

His research interests include comparative politics, but particularly electoral systems, political parties and voting behaviour. He is interested in most aspects of Irish politics.
His research has been published in journals such as the Australian Journal of Political Science, Government and Opposition, Party Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, Representation, Comparative European Politics and Irish Political Studies. He has written a great deal on independent politicians, on which he has established an online forum on this topic @ independentforum.wordpress.com. On this blog the data used in his research is made publicly available.

His first book (co-authored with Aodh Quinlivan), All Politics is Local. A Guide to Local Elections in Ireland, was published in 2009 by Collins Press. His second (co-edited with Alistair Clark), Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish political life, was published by The History Press in 2012. He is currently working on his third book, Independents in Irish democracy, which will be published in early 2016.

He is currently working on a wider research project concerning how parliaments operate without political parties. He has visited the Nebraskan State Assembly, the Tasmanian Legislative Council and the Tongan Legislative Assembly to observe this phenomenon and has received funding from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme to set up a network to explore this issue further.

He is director of the PhD(Government) and is the first port of call if you have any questions about this programme. He is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of comparative and Irish politics.

Research Interests

My research interests are in comparative and Irish politics, specifically electoral systems, voting behaviour, political parties and non-party politics.

Research projects I am currently engaged in include:

A comparative study of how parliaments operate without political parties, funded by the Irish Research Council
A monograph on independents in Irish democracy (to be published by Manchester University Press)
A quantitative text analysis of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty debates (with Dr Slava Mikhaylov and Dr Alex Herzog)
Treating the contemporary Irish party system as a colonial system in comparison with four dominions

Books

YearPublication
(2015)Independents in Irish Democracy.
Liam Weeks (2015) Independents in Irish Democracy. Dublin: MUP. [Details]
(2012)Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Politics.
Weeks, Liam; Clark, Alistair (2012) Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Politics. Dublin: History Press. [Details]
(2009)All Politics is Local: A Guide to Local Elections in Ireland.
Quinlivan, A. and Weeks, L.; (2009) All Politics is Local: A Guide to Local Elections in Ireland. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2012)
Weeks, Liam; Clark, Alistair (Ed.). (2012) Radical or redundant? Minor Parties in Irish political life. Dublin: The History Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'The party’s not over but it has been crashed. Independents in a party democracy'
Liam Weeks (2014) 'The party’s not over but it has been crashed. Independents in a party democracy'. Government and Opposition, forthcoming [Details]
(2014)'Crashing the party. Does STV help independents?'
Weeks, L (2014) 'Crashing the party. Does STV help independents?'. Party Politics, 20 :604-616 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Rational, reverential or experimental? The politics of electoral reform in Oceania'
Weeks, L (2013) 'Rational, reverential or experimental? The politics of electoral reform in Oceania'. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 :383-397 [Details]
(2011)'Tolerable Chance or Undesirable Arbitrariness? PR-STV and the surplus vote in Ireland'
Weeks, L.; (2011) 'Tolerable Chance or Undesirable Arbitrariness? PR-STV and the surplus vote in Ireland'. Parliamentary Affairs, 64 (2) [Details]
(2011)'Rage against the machine: who is the independent voter?'
Weeks, L.; (2011) 'Rage against the machine: who is the independent voter?'. Irish Political Studies, 26 (1):19-43 [Details]
(2010)'Minor Parties: A Schema for Analysis'
Weeks, L.; (2010) 'Minor Parties: A Schema for Analysis'. Irish Political Studies, 25 (4):481-501 [Details]
(2010)'Minor parties in Irish political life: an introduction'
Weeks, L.; (2010) 'Minor parties in Irish political life: an introduction'. Irish Political Studies, 25 (4):473-479 [Details]
(2009)'The Puzzle of Non-Party Actors in Party Democracy: Independents in Ireland'
Weeks, L. and Bolleyer, N.; (2009) 'The Puzzle of Non-Party Actors in Party Democracy: Independents in Ireland'. Comparative European Politics, 7 :299-324 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2009)'We don't like (to) party. A typology of Independents in Irish political life, 1922-2007'
Weeks, L.; (2009) 'We don't like (to) party. A typology of Independents in Irish political life, 1922-2007'. Irish Political Studies, 24 (1):1-27 [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2002)'Explaining activism levels among Fine Gael members: a test of the general incentives model'
Weeks, L. and Gallagher, M. and Liston, V. and March, M.; (2002) 'Explaining activism levels among Fine Gael members: a test of the general incentives model'. Irish Political Studies, 17 (1):97-113 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2012)'From cradle to grave: minor parties in Irish politics'
Weeks, Liam (2012) 'From cradle to grave: minor parties in Irish politics' In: Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish Politics. Dublin: History Press. [Details]
(2012)'The dog that failed to bark. Why is there no new party?'
Weeks, Liam; (2012) 'The dog that failed to bark. Why is there no new party?' In: Radical or Redundant? Minor parties in Irish politics. Dublin: The History Press. [Details]
(2010)'Membership of the Houses'
Weeks, Liam; (2010) 'Membership of the Houses' In: The Houses of the Oireachtas. Dublin: IPA. [Details]
(2009)'The parties and the party system'
Weeks, Liam; (2009) 'The parties and the party system' In: Politics in the Republic of Ireland. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2008)'Independents in government: a sui generis model?'
Weeks, Liam; (2008) 'Independents in government: a sui generis model?' In: Newly Governing Parties. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Ireland'
Weeks, Liam and Gallagher, Michael; (2008) 'Ireland' In: Elections in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2007)'Candidate selection: democratic centralism or managed democracy?'
Weeks, Liam; (2007) 'Candidate selection: democratic centralism or managed democracy?' In: How Ireland Voted 2007. London: Palgrave. [Details]
(2007)'Appendices'
Weeks, Liam; (2007) 'Appendices' In: How Ireland Voted 2007. London: Palgrave. [Details]
(2005)'The party system'
Weeks, Liam and Mair, Peter; (2005) 'The party system' In: Politics in the Republic of Ireland. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2005)'Ireland'
Weeks, Liam; (2005) 'Ireland' In: Governments of the World. Farmington Hills MI: Macmillan. [Details]
(2003)'The subterranean election of the Seanad'
Weeks, Liam and Gallagher, Michael; (2003) 'The subterranean election of the Seanad' In: How Ireland Voted 2002. London: Palgrave. [Details]
(2003)'Appendices'
Weeks, Liam; (2003) 'Appendices' In: How Ireland Voted 2002. London: Palgrave. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2012)'Fianna Fáil. A biography of a party (book review)'
Weeks, Liam (2012) 'Fianna Fáil. A biography of a party (book review)' Irish Political Studies, . [Details]
(2011)'The Municipal Revolution in Ireland: A Handbook of Urban Government in Ireland Since 1800 by Matthew Potter (book review)'
Weeks, L.; (2011) 'The Municipal Revolution in Ireland: A Handbook of Urban Government in Ireland Since 1800 by Matthew Potter (book review)' Local Government Studies, 37 (4) :467-474. [Details]
(2011)'Book Review: Albert Reynolds: My autobiography; Seamus Brennan. A Life in Government; Politics in a changing Ireland 1960-2007'
Weeks, L.; (2011) 'Book Review: Albert Reynolds: My autobiography; Seamus Brennan. A Life in Government; Politics in a changing Ireland 1960-2007' Irish Political Studies, 26 (1) :130-132. [Details]
(2011)'Book Review: Irish Elections 1948-77: Results and Analysis'
Weeks, L.; (2011) 'Book Review: Irish Elections 1948-77: Results and Analysis' Irish Political Studies, 26 (1) :135-137. [Details]
(2010)'The 2009 local elections in the Republic of Ireland'
Weeks, L; Quinlivan, A; (2010) 'The 2009 local elections in the Republic of Ireland' Irish Political Studies, 25 (2) :315-324. [Details]
(2008)'Republic of Ireland'
Weeks, Liam; (2008) 'Republic of Ireland' Irish Political Studies, 23 (2) :197-339. [Details]
(2003)'The Irish parliamentary election, 2002'
Weeks, L.; (2003) 'The Irish parliamentary election, 2002' Representation, 39 (3) :215-226. [Details]
(2007)'Republic of Ireland'
Weeks, Liam; (2007) 'Republic of Ireland' Irish Political Studies, 22 (2) :139-226. [Details]
(2006)'Republic of Ireland'
Weeks, Liam; (2006) 'Republic of Ireland' Irish Political Studies, 21 (1) :15-85. [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

YearPublication
(2011)Special issue of Irish Political Studies on 'Minor Parties in Irish political life'.
Weeks, Liam; Clark, Alistair (2011) Special issue of Irish Political Studies on 'Minor Parties in Irish political life'. Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Policy Contribution

YearPublication
(2008)A Referendum Initiative - Joint Houses of the Oirechtas Committee on the Constitution.
Neil Collins, Clodagh Harris, Mary Murphy, Theresa Reidy and Liam Weeks (2008) A Referendum Initiative - Joint Houses of the Oirechtas Committee on the Constitution. Policy Contribution [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014New Foundations Irish Research Council
2010RIA Postdoctoral Mobility Grant Royal Irish Academy
2010IRCHSS CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2005Postgraduate Government of Ireland Scholarship IRCHSS
2002Postgraduate award Department of Political Science, TCD
2000John Whyte prize for undergraduate essay on Northern Ireland John Whyte fund

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Australian Political Studies Association Member/
American Political Science Association Member/
Political Studies Association of Ireland Member/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)Annual Meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association,
Liam Weeks (2014) A colonial party system? The Irish party system in comparative perspective. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney , 28-SEP-14 - 01-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)Annual Meeting of the Australian Parliamentary Studies Group,
Liam Weeks (2014) Parliaments without parties. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the Australian Parliamentary Studies Group, Sydney , 01-OCT-14 - 03-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)Annual Meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association,
Liam Weeks (2014) Do parliaments need parties?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney , 28-SEP-14 - 01-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)Parliaments without parties workshop,
Liam Weeks (2014) Parliaments without parties. [Oral Presentation], Parliaments without parties workshop, NUI, Merrion Square, Dublin , 02-JUL-14 - 03-JUL-14. [Details]
(2013)Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Liam Weeks (2013) Stuck in the colonial past? The Irish party system in comparative perspective. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Political Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin , 17-OCT-14 - 19-OCT-14. [Details]
(2013)Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Liam Weeks (2013) Rational, reverential or experimental. The politics of electoral reform in Oceania. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Palmer Hilton, Chicago , 28-AUG-14 - 01-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013)Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research,
Weeks, Liam (2013) Party of One? The role of the independent MP in Westminster democracy. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research, Mainz , 11-MAR-13 - 16-MAR-13. [Details]
(2012)Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association,
Weeks, Liam; Tucker, Peter (2012) The role of independent MPs in Westminster democracy. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association, Hobart, Australia , 22-SEP-12 - 24-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association,
Weeks, Liam (2012) Maxima minima sunt. The role of independent MPs in Westminster democracy. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, Berlin , 21-JUN-12 - 23-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association,
Weeks, Liam (2012) The Party Crashers. Explaining the Significance of Independents. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, Berlin , 21-JUN-12 - 23-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011)Pacific Islands Political Studies Association conference,
Liam Weeks; (2011) The politics of electoral reform in Oceania. [Oral Presentation], Pacific Islands Political Studies Association conference, University of South Pacific, Apia, Samoa , 08-DEC-11 - 09-DEC-11. [Details]
(2011)New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference,
Liam Weeks; (2011) The dangers of STV for parties. [Oral Presentation], New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin , 01-DEC-11 - 02-DEC-11. [Details]
(2011)Global Irish Studies seminar, UNSW,
Liam Weeks; (2011) What electoral reformers can learn from Ireland and Australia. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Global Irish Studies seminar, UNSW, University of New South Wales , 18-OCT-11 - 18-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association,
Liam Weeks; (2011) Does STV help independents?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association, Canberra, Australia , 26-SEP-11 - 28-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association,
Liam Weeks; (2011) Crashing the Party. Does STV help independents?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington , 01-SEP-11 - 04-SEP-11. [Details]
(2009)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Liam Weeks and Shane MacGiollabhuí; (2009) Candidate selection in tribal nations. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Hope University, Liverpool , 09-OCT-09 - 11-OCT-09. [Details]
(2009)Independent Local Lists and Local Parties Conference,
Liam Weeks; (2009) Independents as minor actors in Irish politics: major players?. [Oral Presentation], Independent Local Lists and Local Parties Conference, Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany , 27-NOV-09 - 29-NOV-09. [Details]
(2008)Minor parties in Irish political life,
Weeks, Liam; (2008) http://www.psai.ie. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Minor parties in Irish political life, NUI, Dublin , 01-DEC-08 - 01-DEC-08. [Details]
(2008)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam and Elkink, Jos and Kavanagh, Adrian and O¿Malley, Eoin; (2008) Money for nothing? Measuring campaign effects using expenditure returns. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Galway , 17-OCT-08 - 19-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam and Elkink, Jos and Kavanagh, Adrian and O¿Malley, Eoin; (2008) It stands to reason to vote local': Measuring and explaining geographic voting. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Galway , 17-OCT-08 - 19-OCT-08. [Details]
(2007)On message: communicating the campaign,
Weeks, Liam; (2007) How to win: assessing campaign strategies at Irish elections. [Oral Presentation], On message: communicating the campaign, Department of Government, University College Cork , 29-MAR-07 - 29-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2007) Does PR-STV benefit Independents?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Hotel Isaacs, Dublin , 19-OCT-07 - 21-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007)The General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research,
Weeks, Liam; (2007) We don't like (to) party. Explaining the significance of Independents in Irish Politics. [Oral Presentation], The General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Pisa, Italy , 05-SEP-07 - 08-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)First Annual International Conference of Minor Parties, Independent Politicians, Voter Associations and Political Associations in Politics,
Weeks, Liam; (2007) We don't like (to) party. Explaining the significance of Independents in Irish politics. [Oral Presentation], First Annual International Conference of Minor Parties, Independent Politicians, Voter Associations and Political Associations in Politics, NA , 29-NOV-07 - 01-DEC-07. [Details]
(2006)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2006) PR-STV and the random surplus. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Cork , 20-OCT-06 - 22-OCT-06. [Details]
(2006)Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research,
Weeks, Liam; (2006) When parties are not the only party in town: Independent actors in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research, Nicosia, Cyprus , 25-APR-06 - 30-APR-06. [Details]
(2005)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2005) Campaigning at the 2004 local elections. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Belfast , 21-OCT-05 - 23-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2005) Why Independents? The weakness of party MPs. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Belfast , 21-OCT-05 - 23-OCT-05. [Details]
(2004)Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2004) Explaining the vote for Independents. [Oral Presentation], Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Belfast , 18-JUN-04 - 20-JUN-04. [Details]
(2004)Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research,
Weeks, Liam; (2004) Independents in Government: the Irish case. [Oral Presentation], Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research, Uppsala , 13-APR-04 - 18-APR-04. [Details]
(2004)American Political Science Association,
Weeks, Liam; (2004) Voting for Independents under STV elections: the Irish experience. [Oral Presentation], American Political Science Association, Chicago , 02-SEP-04 - 05-SEP-04. [Details]
(2003)Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2003) Why do people vote Independent in Ireland?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin , 20-JUN-03 - 20-JUN-03. [Details]
(2003)Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland,
Weeks, Liam; (2003) Explaining the Independent vote at the 2002 election. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, NA , 16-OCT-03 - 18-OCT-03. [Details]
(2008)Dublin seminar,
Weeks, Liam; (2008) Political campaigns. [Oral Presentation], Dublin seminar, European parliament offices, Dublin , 01-FEB-08 - 01-FEB-08. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Postgraduate Applications Committee 2008 / 2010
Research Committee 2009 / 2010
Executive Committee, Political Studies Association of Ireland 2006 / 2009

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Government Lecturer in politics01-SEP-06 /
Department of Political Science, TCD Temporary lecturer01-JAN-05 / 01-JAN-06

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009University College Cork Postgrad Dip in Teaching & Learning in HETeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2008TCD PHDPolitical Science
2004TCD Postgraduate Diploma in StatisticsStatistics
2001TCD B.A. (HONS) HISTORY & POLITICAL SCIENCEHistory and Political Science

Outreach Activities

 Description

• March 2014; Keynote speaker at meeting of Independent Network, Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. • January 2014, Keynote speaker at Peoples' Convention, Metropole Hotel, Cork • June 2012, Addressed technical group of independents in Dáil Éireann • November 2009, expert witness to Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution • May 2009, Keynote speaker at conference on local elections, Third Sector Forum

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Political Studies Editor01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-08
European Journal Of Political Research Referee01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-08
Party Politics Referee01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-08
Comparative Political Studies Referee01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-08
Irish Political Studies Referee01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-08
Irish Political Studies Editor-

Other Activities

 Description

Completed courses at Summer School of European Consortium of Political Research, July 29-August 14 2010, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia:
  • Quantitative Text Analysis
  • Introduction to R

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree TypePrimary
Khan Mark Masters Degree by ResearchYes
Murphy Yvonne Doctoral DegreeYes

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Elections and Voting GV3208Elections and Voting
2015Quantitative Methods for Political Science GV2232Quantitative Methods for Political Science
2015Issues in Irish Politics ll PO3005Issues in Irish Politics ll
2015Issues in Irish Politics 1 PO3004Issues in Irish Politics 1
2015Political Science Research Methods GV6102Political Science Research Methods
2015Political Analysis PO2001Political Analysis