Liam Weeks (Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork) is familiar to us at ECPR, having served as co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research’s Political Data Yearbook from 2013 to 2017.
He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University (Sydney), where he was previously an Irish Research Council Marie Curie Fellow. He has also held visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and Waseda University (Tokyo).
Liam's research focuses on electoral systems, political parties and voting behaviour. His most recent book Independents in Irish Party Democracy was published by Manchester University Press (2017), and his next, The Anglo-Irish Treaty Debates of 1921, will be published by Irish Academic Press in 2018.
Liam's work has been cited in Irish parliamentary debates, he has given expert evidence to parliamentary committees, provided consultancy advice to political parties and parliamentarians, and made frequent contributions to both national and international media outlets.
Speaking to us about his new appointment, Liam said 'I am excited to be joining the ECPR Press team, and look forward to the prospects and opportunities arising from the new working relationship with Rowman & Littlefield. ECPR Press is one of the leading international publishing houses for political scientists, and with this partnership, we can continue to be at the forefront in publishing dynamic scholarly research.'
As Liam joins the team, we bid goodbye to Peter Kennealy, who served the Press first as Associate Editor (2011–2014), then as full Editor (2014–2017).
Peter holds the prestigious post of Deputy Director of the library at European University Institute in Florence, and has brought his encyclopaedic knowledge of the political science canon to bear in his meticulous editorship of all the Press titles with which he has been involved.
Since joining the Press, Peter (pictured here at the 2014 ECPR General Conference in Glasgow) has commissioned and edited a number of high-profile titles. Most notable of these is On Parties, Party Systems and Democracy, the bestselling collection of works by his late friend Peter Mair.
All at ECPR Press would like to extend their sincere thanks to Peter for his enthusiasm and outstanding achievements over the past six years.