Research Interests

My research primarily focuses upon comparative public policy. Specifically I study:

• Lobbying regulations globally, their strengths and weakness, and the issues arising from such regulations in a comparative context.

• Policy responses to economic crises in Europe and North and South America from 1945 to the present.

• Ways to develop a better understanding of policy change through policy paradigm innovations.

A second main area of my research examines applications of qualitative methodology to political science.

• Using discourse analysis techniques to understand perceptions of economic crises;

• Using mixed methods approaches to understanding attitudes towards lobbbying regulation

• Using mixed methods approaches to understand critical junctures in economic policy development

I am also a member of:

• The American Political Science Association (APSA).(2007 – )

• The Midwest Studies Association (MPSA) (2012 – )

• The Political Studies Association (PSA) (2004 – )

• The Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) (2005 – )

• The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) (2011 – )

• The International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2012 – )