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Jonathan Arlow

Jonathan Arlow is a PhD research student at the School of Law and Government, DCU. Jonathan has a background in modern history and international relations.


B.A. Modern History & Ancient Classics NUI Maynooth 2005;

M.A. in International Relations Dublin City University 2014

Supervisors: Dr Eoin O'Malley and Dr Tom Hickey

Thesis Title: Crises and Contradictions: Explaining Libertarian Influence on Right-wing Party Policy

Thesis Abstract: 

To understand libertarian politics it is best to think of it as the modern iteration of the classical liberal tradition, which is the ideology of “liberal radicalism” that has always appealed to small numbers within right-wing party politics. As an ideology it supports one or more of the following positions: 1) freedom defined as non-interference 2) inviolable property rights and 3) government limited to defending property rights and self-ownership, or no government at all. But libertarianism has also pursued a distinct political project which seeks to emulate Marxist proselytising tactics by creating a libertarian activist base that can push for policy change within sympathetic right-wing parties. This research aims to investigate if periods of political crisis that intersect with policies that contradict liberal ideology create the necessary critical junctures for libertarian inspired activists to pursue their desired policy change within mainstream right-wing parties.

Research Interests: Libertarianism, the anti-fascist movement, Irish politics, the radical left, public policy (on drugs and unemployment).


Arlow, J. 2019. A JobBridge to nowhere: The National Internship Scheme as fast policy leading to bad policy. Administration, 67(2), pp. 71-93.

Arlow, J. 2019. Antifa without fascism: the reasons behind the anti-fascist movement in IrelandIrish Political Studies, (online first).  

Baturo, A. and Arlow, J. 2018. Is there a ‘revolving door’ to the private sector in Irish politics? Irish Political Studies, 33(3), pp.381-406.