Research Interests

Political ideologies; Party Politics; Libertarianism

Background & Qualification

B.A. Modern History & Ancient Classics NUI Maynooth 2005; M.A. International Relations DCU 2014

Doctoral Research

Crises and Contradictions: explaining libertarian influence on right-wing party policy

Research Overview

To understand libertarian politics, it is best to think of it as the modern iteration of the classical liberal tradition, which is the ideology of “liberal radicalism” that has always appealed to small numbers within right-wing party politics. As an ideology, it supports one or more of the following positions: 1) freedom defined as non-interference 2) inviolable property rights and 3) government limited to defending property rights and self-ownership, or no government at all. But libertarianism has also pursued a distinct political project which seeks to emulate Marxist proselytising tactics by creating a libertarian activist base that can push for policy change within sympathetic right-wing parties. This research aims to investigate if periods of political crisis that intersect with policies that contradict liberal ideology creates the necessary space for libertarian inspired activists to push through their desired policy change within mainstream right-wing parties.

Research Interests: Irish politics, libertarianism, the anti-fascist movement, the radical left and public policy (specifically on drugs and unemployment).


  • Module coordinator: Irish Politics (University College Dublin) 2019/2020
  • Module coordinator: Introduction to Politics (Dublin City University) 2019/2020
  • Module coordinator: Introduction to Research Skills and Methods (Dublin City University) 2017/2018
  • Tutorials: Introduction to Research Skills and Methods- 2015/2016 & 2016/2017


  • Arlow, J. 2020. Antifa without fascism: the reasons behind the anti-fascist movement in Ireland. Irish Political Studies, 35(1), pp. 115-137.
  • Arlow, J. and O’Malley, E. 2019. Ireland: Political developments and data in 2018. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 58(1), pp.136-142.
  • Arlow, J. 2019. A JobBridge to nowhere: The National Internship Scheme as fast policy leading to bad policy. Administration, 67(2), pp. 71-93.
  • Baturo, A. and Arlow, J. 2018. Is there a ‘revolving door’ to the private sector in Irish politics? Irish Political Studies, 33(3), pp. 381-406.

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