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Raj Chari is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), having earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University (Canada). He was also elected Director of TCD’s Centre for European Studies between 2005 and 2008. His previous experience includes being a Collaborative Researcher for the Institut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP) and serving as a research assistant for Nuffield College (Oxford) under the direction of the late Prof. Vincent Wright. Chari's research has been broadly centred on two main themes. The first is analysis of public policy and the role of different policy making actors at both the domestic and EU levels of governance. The second includes work on political parties and elections, with a particular focus on southern Europe. Articles have appeared in journals such as Government and Opposition, Electoral Studies, Political Quarterly, West European Politics and the Journal of European Public Policy and he has co-authored Understanding EU Policy Making (2006). He is a fan of F1 and the National Hockey League and enjoys cycling in the Sierra of Madrid when not in Dublin!

John Hogan is a Lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Awarded his PhD in 2005 by the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, he has previously worked in both the School of Law and Government DCU as well as the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin.  John presently teaches courses on American politics, Irish politics, and comparative international political economy.  John has presented at numerous conferences including the annual conferences of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, the Political Studies Association (UK), and the American Political Science Association conference.  He has had a number of articles published in Irish Political Studies, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, as well as joint publications in the Political Quarterly and the Canadian Political Science Review.  He is currently editing a book on qualitative methodology and Business and Society in Ireland in the 21st century.

Gary Murphy is Associate Professor of Government in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University where is he also the  University's Director of Graduate Research. He has written extensively on post war Irish politics and on contemporary Ireland and has authored and co-authored five books and over 30 articles and book chapters. He is also a former editor of the leading journal in Irish political science, Irish Political Studies (2002-5). He is a regular contributor to Irish broadcasting outlets on Irish and American politics and was one of RTE's main analysts for the Irish Lisbon treaty referendum in June 2008 and the US Presidential election in November 2008.  In his role as DCU's Director of Graduate Research he oversees policies and procedures in relation to the University's 700 postgraduate research students. Away from the coalface he is an avid supporter of Cork GAA teams. Also after spending some time in Michigan many years ago he is a follower of the Detroit Lions in the NFL which as any Lions' fan will testify is a terrible affliction.

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Lisa works as the RA on the Regulating Lobbying Project. She completed her BA in English and Economics at University College Dublin (2002). Thereafter, she worked in the financial sector in cash management and
 hedge funds for five years in both Ireland and Australia. She completed her M.A in Public Affairs and 
Political Communication at the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2008, during which time she worked for two Senators in Leinster House. She is currently preparing a paper on public affairs regulation in Ireland that examines the opinions of current politicians, interest groups and public affairs practitioners on the necessity for regulation in Ireland. She hopes to commence a Ph.D in this area in the future.


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