Bubbico, A., Elkink, A. J., & Okolikj, M. (2017) Quality of government and regional competition: A spatial analysis of subnational regions in the European Union. European Journal of Political Research, 56(4), 887-911.

Abstract: Building on previous work on competition networks and governmental performance among British local governments, this article investigates the diffusion of government quality across subnational regions of Europe through strategic interaction with neighbouring regions or competitor regions more generally. The article demonstrates the presence of spatial interdependence using standard spatial regression models and controlling for […]

Quinlan, S., & Okolikj, M. (2017) The Decline of a Dominant Political Monolith: Understanding Fianna Fáil’s vote 1987-2016. Irish Political Studies, 32(1), 164-190.

Abstract: Our study explores the declining vote of Fianna Fáil, Ireland’s dominant party using a unique fusion of data from the 1989-1999 European Election Studies and the 2002-2016 Irish National Election Studies. We show the weakening of Fianna Fáil’s dominant position is due to electoral change: shifting voter identities and the growing importance of economic evaluations […]

Okolikj, M., & Quinlan, S. (2016). Context matters: Economic voting in the 2009 and 2014 European Parliament Elections. Politics and Governance, 4(1), 145-166.

Abstract: Using the 2009 and 2014 European Election Studies (EES), we explore the effect of the economy on the vote in the 2009 and 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections. The paper demonstrates that the economy did influence voters in both contests. However, its impact was heterogeneous across the two elections and between countries. While assessments […]

Quinlan, S., & Okolikj, M. (2016). This time it’s different… but not really! The 2014 European Parliament elections in Ireland. Irish Political Studies, 31(2), 300-314.

Abstract: This report provides a review of the 2014 European Parliament (EP) elections in Ireland. Conventional wisdom suggests attitudes to the incumbent government or to the candidates on offer have shaped EP elections in Ireland, with sentiments about the EU having little potency. 2014 had the potential to be different: the EU had been especially […]