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Prof Robert Elgie

Law and Government

Name: Prof Robert Elgie
Department: Law and Government
Role: PhD Programme Chair - Government
Phone Number: 01 700 5895
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Room: C219
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

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Robert Elgie is the Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017.

He gained a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford University in 1987. He graduated with a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, in 1991. Since this time, he has published more than 40 articles in international refereed journals, as well as four single-authored monographs, two co-authored books, seven edited and co-edited books, and more than 30 book chapters.

He is the editor of the journal French Politics. He is the Review Editor for the journal Government and Opposition. He is also the lead co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of French Politics published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

He has received funding on four occasions from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, including a Senior Research Fellowship for 2009-2010 totalling €107,308. He has supervised numerous PhD students to successful completion.

Robert Elgie is well known for his work on semi-presidentialism and his definition of the concept has been adopted as the scientific standard. His most recent book on this topic is Semi-Presidentialism published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He has also published extensively on political leadership and French politics.

His work has received considerable external recognition. Twice he has been asked to brief the UK Ambassador designate to France (Sir John Holmes in 2001 and Sir Peter Westmacott in 2007). His invited talks include presentations at the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania, the Economic Policy Research Foundation Of Turkey, the United Nations Institute for Social Development (Geneva), and Taiwan Thinktank. He is also a member of the network of experts on the Constitution Building Processes (CBP) Programme at International IDEA. In April 2012 he was formally asked to provide a briefing report on Constituent Assembly of Nepal's proposed system of government. In January 2013 he was asked to give an expert presentation to the Convention on the Constitution for the proposed reforms to the presidency of Ireland.

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