Dr Bill Kissane

Dr Bill Kissane

Associate Professor (Reader) in Politics

Email: b.kissane@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON5.06, Connaught House
Office Hours: On leave Michaelmas Term.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7900
Website: personal.lse.ac.uk/KISSANE|

Biography


Bill Kissane was born in the Republic of Ireland in 1966 and lives in North London. After receiving a BA in Modern English and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (1984-88), he received an MSc in Sociology (1992), and a PhD in Political Science (1998), from the London School of Economics.  Between 1988 and 1991 he worked as an English language teacher in Ireland, Spain, and Turkey. Since 1999 he has been a lecturer in Political Science at the Government Department of the London School of Economics.  He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. He has also taught for Greenwich University, Helsinki University, the University of Notre Dame, and New York University. His research interests lie broadly within the areas of comparative and Irish politics.

He is currently writing a book on  the relationship between constitutionalism and democracy in the Irish Republic, as well as undertaking a comparative study of regime formation after civil wars. Bill Kissane is currently on the editorial board of the Journal Nations and Nationalism.

Research Interests


  • Civil Wars and Reconstruction
  • Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Democratization
  • Ireland
  • Turkey

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV245: Democracy and Democratisation
  • GV4B8: The Politics of Civil Wars
  • GV4E1: Comparative Democratization in a Global Age

Activities


Bill Kissane is currently working on Civil War: the Contemporary Challenge (Oxford University Press, 2013), which puts the post-1945 wave of civil wars in historical perspective

Featured Book


Bill Kissane (ed.) Reconstructing National Identities after Europe’s Internal Wars, 1918-2011
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Read a summary of this forthcoming publication on SEN Online|

Publications


Beyond internal war: reconstruction, national identity and armed conflict in Europe 1918-2011
Kissane, Bill, ed. (2014) Beyond internal war: reconstruction, national identity and armed conflict in Europe 1918-2011. University of Pennsylvania Press , Baltimore, USA. (In Press)

Ethnicity pays: the political economy of post-conflict nationalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Kostovicova, Denisa and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2014) Ethnicity pays: the political economy of post-conflict nationalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In: Kissane, Bill, (ed.) After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe. National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA, USA, pp. 187-213. ISBN 9780812246520

Few have ever doubted the quality of Robert Dahl’s work
Kissane, Bill (2014) Few have ever doubted the quality of Robert Dahl’s work. LSE American Politics and Policy (01 Mar 2014) Blog Entry.

After Atatürk: three perspectives on political change in Turkey
Kissane, Bill (2014) After Atatürk: three perspectives on political change in Turkey. Review of Politics, 76 (2). pp. 293-307. ISSN 0034-6705

Victory in defeat?: national identity after civil war in Finland and Ireland
Kissane, Bill (2013) Victory in defeat?: national identity after civil war in Finland and Ireland. In: Hall, John A. and Malešević, Siniša, (eds.) Nationalism and War. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 321-340. ISBN 9781107034754

Ideas in conflict: the nationalism literature and the comparative study of civil war
Kissane, Bill and Sitter, Nick (2013) Ideas in conflict: the nationalism literature and the comparative study of civil war. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 19 (1). pp. 38-57. ISSN 1353-7113

Book review: contesting democracy: political ideas in twentieth century Europe by Jan-Werner Müller
Kissane, Bill (2012) Book review: contesting democracy: political ideas in twentieth century Europe by Jan-Werner Müller. British Politics and Policy at LSE (04 Mar 2012) Blog Entry.

Electing not to fight: elections as a mechanism of deradicalisation after the Irish Civil War 1922–1938
Kissane, Bill (2012) Electing not to fight: elections as a mechanism of deradicalisation after the Irish Civil War 1922–1938. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 6 (1). pp. 41-54. ISSN 1864-1385

A light that failed: the 1922 constitution in the European context
Kissane, Bill (2012) A light that failed: the 1922 constitution in the European context. In: Heffernan, Brian, (ed.) Life on the Fringe?: Ireland and Europe 1800-1922. Irish Academic Press, Ireland, pp. 221-241. ISBN 9780716531302

Is the Irish referendum a majoritarian device?
Kissane, Bill (2012) Is the Irish referendum a majoritarian device? In: Marxer, Wilfred, Kaufmann, B, Pallinger, Z. T and Schiller, T, (eds.) Direct Democracy and Minorities. Direct democracy in modern Europe,3(3). VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden, Germany, pp. 145-154. ISBN 9783531185811

Constitutions and Processes of Democratic Transition
Kissane, Bill, Elagati, Mohamed and Fahmi, Georges (2012) Constitutions and Processes of Democratic Transition. Rwafead, Cairo, Egypt.

Irish Civil War, 1922-1923
Kissane, Bill (2012) Irish Civil War, 1922-1923. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Military History .

Principles of constitutional drafting
Kissane, Bill and Mansouri, Wassim (2012) Principles of constitutional drafting. Westminster Foundation for Democracy, London, UK.

Yandaş tahkimat ve Anayasacilik: Irlandali bir bakiş
Kissane, Bill (2012) Yandaş tahkimat ve Anayasacilik: Irlandali bir bakiş. Toplum Ve Bilim, 123 . pp. 57-76. ISSN 1300-9354

Book review: the destructors: the story of Northern Ireland’s lost Peace Process
Kissane, Bill (2011) Book review: the destructors: the story of Northern Ireland’s lost Peace Process. British Politics and Policy at LSE (27 Nov 2011) Blog Entry.

The violence on London’s streets is less political and less structured than has been the case in Northern Ireland. It is the result of decades of social and economic deprivation and inequality
Kissane, Bill (2011) The violence on London’s streets is less political and less structured than has been the case in Northern Ireland. It is the result of decades of social and economic deprivation and inequality. British Politics and Policy at LSE (09 Aug 2011) Blog Entry.

The debate in the UK about codifying our constitution is now less fractious: but looking overseas can help us to understand why this discussion should continue
Kissane, Bill (2011) The debate in the UK about codifying our constitution is now less fractious: but looking overseas can help us to understand why this discussion should continue. British Politics and Policy at LSE (21 Jul 2011) Blog Entry.

New beginnings: constitutionalism and democracy in modern Ireland
Kissane, Bill (2011) New beginnings: constitutionalism and democracy in modern Ireland. University College Dublin Press, Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 9781906359515

National identity and constitutionalism in Europe: introduction
Kissane, Bill and Sitter, Nick (2010) National identity and constitutionalism in Europe: introduction. Nations and Nationalism, 16 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1354-5078

The marriage of state and nation in European constitutions
Kissane, Bill and Sitter, Nick (2010) The marriage of state and nation in European constitutions. Nations and Nationalism, 16 (1). pp. 49-67. ISSN 1354-5078

From people's veto to instrument of elite consensus: the referendum experience in Ireland
Kissane, Bill (2009) From people's veto to instrument of elite consensus: the referendum experience in Ireland. In: Setälä, Maija and Schiller, Theo, (eds.) Referendums and Representative Democracy: Responsiveness, Accountability and Deliberation. Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science. Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 17-33. ISBN 9780415481038

Arend Lijphart and the transformation of Irish democracy
Bulsara, Hament and Kissane, Bill (2009) Arend Lijphart and the transformation of Irish democracy. West European Politics, 32 (1). pp. 172-196. ISSN 1743-9655

The constitutional revolution that never was: democratic radicalism and the Sinn Féin movement
Kissane, Bill (2009) The constitutional revolution that never was: democratic radicalism and the Sinn Féin movement. Radical History Review, 104 . pp. 77-102. ISSN 0163-6545

Must Labour wait forever?
Kissane, Bill (2008) Must Labour wait forever? Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 33 . pp. 121-126. ISSN 0332-1169

The not-so-amazing case of Irish democracy
Kissane, Bill (2007) The not-so-amazing case of Irish democracy. In: McGrath, Conor and O'Malley, Eoin, (eds.) Irish Political Studies Reader: Key Contributions. Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 15-40. ISBN 9780415446471

Review essay: Power-sharing as a form of democracy for Northern Ireland
Kissane, Bill (2006) Review essay: Power-sharing as a form of democracy for Northern Ireland. Review of Politics, 68 (4). pp. 663-674. ISSN 0034-6705

The comparative study of civil war: towards a dynamic model
Kissane, Bill and Sitter, Nick (2006) The comparative study of civil war: towards a dynamic model. 1/2006. The Centre for European and Asian Studies, Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway.

Civil wars, party politics and the consolidation of regimes in twentieth century Europe
Kissane, Bill and Sitter, Nick (2005) Civil wars, party politics and the consolidation of regimes in twentieth century Europe. Democratization, 12 (2). pp. 183-201. ISSN 1351-0347

The politics of the Irish Civil War
Kissane, Bill (2005) The politics of the Irish Civil War. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199273553

Democratization, state formation, and civil war in Finland and Ireland: a reflection on the democratic peace hypothesis
Kissane, Bill (2004) Democratization, state formation, and civil war in Finland and Ireland: a reflection on the democratic peace hypothesis. Comparative Political Studies, 37 (8). pp. 969-985. ISSN 0010-4140

The legislative response to political extremism in the Irish Free State 1922-39
Kissane, Bill (2004) The legislative response to political extremism in the Irish Free State 1922-39. Irish Historical Studies, 34 (134). pp. 156-174. ISSN 0021-1214

The chimera of state neutrality in a secularising Ireland
Kissane, Bill (2003) The chimera of state neutrality in a secularising Ireland. West European Politics, 26 (1). pp. 73-94. ISSN 0140-2382

The doctrine of self-determination and the Irish move to independence, 1916-1922
Kissane, Bill (2003) The doctrine of self-determination and the Irish move to independence, 1916-1922. Journal of Political Ideologies, 8 (3). pp. 327-346. ISSN 1356-9317

Explaining Irish democracy
Kissane, Bill (2002) Explaining Irish democracy. UCD Press, Dublin, IRL. ISBN 1900621703 pb

Decommissioning as an issue in the Irish Civil War
Kissane, Bill (2001) Decommissioning as an issue in the Irish Civil War. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 1 (1). pp. 8-16. ISSN 1473-8481

Democratic consolidation and government changeover in the Irish Free State
Kissane, Bill (2001) Democratic consolidation and government changeover in the Irish Free State. Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 39 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1466-2043

Civil society under strain: intermediary organisations and the Irish civil war
Kissane, Bill (2000) Civil society under strain: intermediary organisations and the Irish civil war. Irish Political Studies, 15 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0790-7184

Explaining the intractability of the Irish civil war
Kissane, Bill (2000) Explaining the intractability of the Irish civil war. Civil Wars, 3 (2). pp. 65-88. ISSN 1369-8249

Nineteenth-century nationalism in Finland and Ireland: a comparative analysis
Kissane, Bill (2000) Nineteenth-century nationalism in Finland and Ireland: a comparative analysis. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 6 (2). pp. 25-42. ISSN 1353-7113

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