From mainstream to minor and back: The Irish Labour Party, 1987-1992

Shaun McDaid, Kacper Rekawek

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This article charts the Irish Labour Party's (ILP) journey from a minor to mainstream political party between 1987 and 1992. This is arguably the most turbulent period in the party's electoral history, when the ILP performed significantly below its average result, before making unprecedented electoral gains. It identifies the factors which led to this fall and rise during the discussed period and reflects on the ILP's place in the Irish party system arguing that the term 'mainstream' or 'proximal mainstream' party with regard to the ILP is perhaps more appropriate than the terms 'major' or 'minor' party, especially in view of its return to its usual level of support following the gains of 1992.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-642
Number of pages18
JournalIrish Political Studies
Issue number4
Early online date9 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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