School of Law and Government
Dublin City University
Dr. Michael Breen is an Associate Professor at the School of Law and Government. His research interests include international political economy, the politics of international organisations, and the political economy of corruption.
His work has been published in leading academic journals, including International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations. He is the author of The Politics of IMF Lending, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and a co-author of Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969, (Manchester University Press, 2019). He is the recipient of awards from the Irish Research Council and the Political Studies Association of Ireland and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
He is Co-Director of DCU’s Anti-Corruption Research Centre (ARC) and the Irish Local Research Correspondent on Corruption for the European Commission's DG Home Affairs. He is a member of Transparency International's expert advisory network. He has held visiting fellowships at the European University Institute and the University of Warwick. From 2016-18, he completed a two-year term as a member of the Royal Irish Academy's International Affairs Committee. He was a board member and then Secretary of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (2013-5). He has managed and developed several academic programmes at DCU, including the MA in European Law and Policy (2017-2019) and BSc in Global Challenges (2021-2023).
He has supervised many PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to completion and welcomes applications from prospective students and researchers interested in international relations, international political economy, corruption studies, and international organisations.
|2022||Michael Breen;Michael Courtney;Iain McMenamin;Eoin O'Malley;Kevin Rafter (2022) Resilient reporting Media coverage of Irish elections since 1969. Manchester: Paperback Edition. Manchester University Press. [Link] https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526119988|
|2019||Michael Breen, Michael Courtney, Iain McMenamin, Eoin O'Malley and Kevin Rafter (2019) Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections since 1969. Manchester: Manchester University Press. https://www.manchesterhive.com/view/9781526119988/9781526119988.xml|
|2013||Breen, Michael (2013) The Politics of IMF Lending. : Palgrave Macmillan.|
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2022||Michael Breen;Robert Gillanders (2022) 'Money Down the Drain: Corruption and the Quality of Water Services in Africa'. Governance, Accepted for publication .|
|2022||Michael Breen;Robert Gillanders (2022) 'Corruption and the Burden of Regulation: National, Regional, and Firm-Level Evidence'. Public Finance Review, Forthcoming .|
|2022||Iain McMenamin;Michael Breen;Juan Muñoz-Portillo (2022) 'Two-level games and market constraints on politics in Europe'. International Political Science Review, 43 (1):136-153. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192512120924032|
|2021||Breen, M.;Doak, E. (2021) 'The IMF as a global monitor: surveillance, information, and financial markets'. Review of International Political Economy, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Michael Breen, Iain McMenamin, Michael Courtney, Gemma McNulty (2021) 'Daily Judgement: Political News and Financial Markets'. New Political Economy, 26 (4):616-630. [Link]|
|2021||McMenamin, I.;Courtney, M.;Breen, M.;McNulty, G. (2021) 'The dependence of election coverage on political institutions: Political competition and policy framing in Germany and the United Kingdom'. Journalism, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2021||Danny Marks;Michael Breen (2021) 'The Political Economy of Corruption and Unequal Gains and Losses in Water and Sanitation Services: Experiences From Bangkok'. Water Alternatives, 14 (3):795-819.|
|2021||Binhadab, N.;Breen, M.;Gillanders, R. (2021) 'Press freedom and corruption in business-state interactions'. Economic Systems, . [Link] [DOI]|
|2020||Breen M.;Hodson D.;Moschella M. (2020) 'Incoherence in Regime Complexes: A Sentiment Analysis of EU-IMF Surveillance'. Journal of Common Market Studies, 58 (2):419-437. [DOI]|
|2020||Michael Courtney, Michael Breen, Claire McGing, Iain McMenamin, Eoin O’Malley, Kevin Rafter (2020) 'Underrepresenting Reality? Media coverage of women in politics and sport'. Social Science Quarterly, 101 (4):1282-1302. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12826|
|2020||Michael Courtney, Michael Breen, Iain McMenamin, and Gemma McNulty (2020) 'Automatic Translation, Context, and Supervised Learning in Comparative Politics'. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 17 (3):208-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/19331681.2020.1731245|
|2020||Michael Breen and Robert Gillanders (2020) 'Press Freedom and Corruption Perceptions: Is There a Reputational Premium?'. Politics And Governance, 8 (2):103-115. [Link]|
|2019||Breen M.;Egan P. (2019) 'The Catalytic Effect of IMF Lending: Evidence from Sectoral FDI Data'. International Interactions, 45 (3):447-473. [DOI]|
|2019||Michael Breen, Robert Gillanders, Mounir Mahmalat (2019) 'Corruption and support for economic reform in sub-Saharan Africa'. Economics Bulletin, 39 (2). [Link]|
|2019||Tamanna Adhikari, Michael Breen, and Robert Gillanders (2019) 'Are New States More Corrupt? Expert Opinions vs. Firms’ Experiences'. Applied Economic Letters, 26 (2):131-134.|
|2018||Reidy, T;Suiter, J;Breen, M (2018) 'Boom and bust: Economic voting in Ireland'. Politics, 38 :148-164. [DOI]|
|2017||Breen, M;Gillanders, R;Mcnulty, G;Suzuki, A (2017) 'Gender and Corruption in Business'. Journal of Development Studies, 53 :1486-1501. [DOI]|
|2016||McMenamin, I;Breen, M;Munoz-Portillo, J (2016) 'Comparative politics and quasi-rational markets'. New Political Economy, 21 :587-605. [DOI]|
|2015||Breen M.;Gillanders R. (2015) 'Political Trust, Corruption, and Ratings of the IMF and the World Bank'. International Interactions, 41 (2):337-364. [DOI]|
|2015||McMenamin I.;Breen M.;Muñoz-Portillo J. (2015) 'Austerity and credibility in the Eurozone'. European Union Politics, 16 (1):45-66. [DOI]|
|2014||Breen M. (2014) 'IMF conditionality and the economic exposure of its shareholders'. European Journal of International Relations, 20 (2):416-436. [DOI]|
|2013||Breen M.;Mcmenamin I. (2013) 'Political Institutions, Credible Commitment, and Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies'. International Studies Quarterly, 57 (4):842-854. [DOI]|
|2013||Breen M.;Dorgan J. (2013) 'The death of Irish trade protectionism: A political economy analysis'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 24 (1):275-289. [DOI]|
|2013||Breen M.;Doyle D. (2013) 'The Determinants of Privatization: a Comparative Analysis of Developing Countries'. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 15 (1):1-20. [DOI]|
|2012||Breen M.;Gillanders R. (2012) 'Corruption, institutions and regulation'. Economics of Governance, 13 (3):263-285. [DOI]|
|2012||Breen M. (2012) 'IMF surveillance of Ireland during the celtic tiger'. Irish Political Studies, 27 (3):431-439. [DOI]|
|2012||Breen M. (2012) 'The international politics of Ireland's EU/IMF bailout'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 23 (1):75-87. [DOI]|
|2019||Michael Breen and David Doyle (2019) 'The Determinants of Privatization: a Comparative Analysis of Developing Countries' In: Classics of Comparative Policy Analysis. New York and London : Routledge. [Link]|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'Domestic Interests and IMF Programs' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'The Politics of IMF Lending Introduction' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'Testing the Argument' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'IMF Lending' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'IMF Conditionality' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'Theory, Evidence, and Reform' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'IMF Conditionality and the Asian Crisis' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'IMF Lending and the Crisis in Europe' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'The Impact of the Shareholders on IMF Programs' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2013||Breen, M (2013) 'Who Controls the IMF?' In: POLITICS OF IMF LENDING. BASINGSTOKE : PALGRAVE.|
|2021||Matteo Bottero and Michael Breen (2021) 'Future Prospects for EU Economic Policy: From the EU Responses to Brexit and COVID-19 to the New EU Fiscal Policy' .|
|2019||Gary Murphy, Robert Gillanders, Michael Breen (2019) 'A question of political will: Corruption and Public Administration in Ireland' 38 (1) . [Link]|
|2013||Iain McMenamin, Michael Breen and Juan Munoz-Portillo (2013) 'Elections and Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies' Paper No. 2013/1 .|
|2010||Breen, Michael (2010) 'Domestic Interests, International Bargaining, and IMF Lending' Paper No. 2010-7 .|
|2013||Iain McMenamin, Michael Breen and Juan Munoz-Portillo (2013) Proceedings of British International Studies Association IPEG Group Annual Conference Political Events and Sovereign Debt [Link]|
Honors and Awards
International Relations; International Political Economy; International Organisations; Corruption Studies
I am currently developing two strands of research.
The first investigates how international organisations affect global financial stability. To advance this strand, I have published several major studies on the International Monetary Fund’s role in the global economy. I am currently researching the governance of its early warning system for detecting financial crises. I am also exploring international economic policy coordination at the Group of Seven (G7). Finally, I am investigating how international organisations are represented in public life, including the media and public opinion.
The second strand of my research focuses on the political economy of corruption. To advance this strand, I co-founded and co-direct DCU’s Anti-Corruption Research Centre (ARC) with Dr. Robert Gillanders of DCU’s Business School. ARC’s mission is to advance knowledge on the causes and consequences of corruption and support the development of new anti-corruption policies and initiatives. As part of ARC's work and my own personal research, I have completed several new projects on corruption in public life, including projects focused on water governance, natural disasters, regulation, gender, economic reform, and press freedom. I also advise the European Commission on corruption-related developments in Ireland.