The Constituency Role of Dáil Deputies

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Title: The Constituency Role of Dáil Deputies
Authors: Komito, Lee
Gallagher, Michael
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Date: 6-Dec-2017
Online since: 2019-04-11T10:37:59Z
Abstract: In Chapter 7 we examined the legislative and scrutinising roles of Dáil deputies. In this chapter we concentrate on a different aspect of the work of TDs, looking at the business on which they spend a lot of their time, namely constituency work. Some people wonder whether constituency work is really part of the duties of a TD at all; after all, the Irish constitution says nothing about it. Yet, judging by the large amount of time it occupies, it seems in practice to be more important in the working life of a TD than narrowly-defined parliamentary duties such as speaking in the Dáil chamber or examining legislation. In most countries, it is taken for granted that parliamentarians will work assiduously to protect and further the interests of their constituents, and that constituency work forms part of an MP’s parliamentary duties rather than conflicting with them, but in Ireland there is a body of opinion that sees a constituency role as aberrant and outdated, labels it ‘clientelism’, or believes that it is taken to excess. We shall ask whether there is anything distinctive about Irish practice in this area, looking at the reasons why TDs do so much constituency work, and then consider the consequences it has for the political system.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: Constituency workClientelism
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Coakley J., Gallagher M. (eds.). Politics in the Republic of Ireland: 6th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-138-11944-4
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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