Research Profile

Anthony Costello

Biography

Anthony’s primary research interests lie in European Union (EU) integration and governance with a specific focus on intergovernmental negotiations and the dynamics of inter-state preference bargaining processes.

His teaching interests include theories of European integration and governance, history of the EU and policy/treaty making processes in the EU. Anthony’s wider teaching interests include comparative European government and politics, conflict and conflict resolution studies and Irish and Northern Irish politics.

He is currently a member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and is a board member of the Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (IACES).

In addition to his formal academic research outputs, he contributes regularly to the London School of Economics’ (LSE) BREXIT and EUROPP blogs and the PSAI’s Irish Politics Forum.

In 2018, Anthony was commissioned by European Movement Ireland on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to prepare Ireland's National Report on the Citizens' Dialogues on the Future of Europe. In 2019, he was consulted by the Institute of European Politics in Berlin on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office for the 'Transformation of European Party Systems: Reasons and Impact' project.

Anthony holds a PhD from University College Cork (UCC). His PhD dissertation explored Ireland’s role in negotiating the 2012 Fiscal Stability Treaty (Fiscal Compact). He also holds an MSc in Nationalism and Ethno-Communal Conflict Resolution from University College Dublin (UCD) and a joint major B.A in Politics and Philosophy from University College Dublin (UCD).

He has recently completed a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher education from UCC.

Research Interests

My research interests pertain to intergovernmental decision-making processes in line with the New Intergovernmentalist and deliberative intergovernmentalist literatures. I have a special interest in Economic Governance and Foreign Policy in the EU. 

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the South Mediterranean'
Anthony Costello (2020) 'The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the South Mediterranean' In: Niall Duggan, Luís Mah & Toni Haastrup (eds). Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. [Details]
(2020)'Ireland'
Anthony Costello (2020) 'Ireland' In: Werner Weidenfeld & Wolfgang Wessels (eds). Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration. Berlin, Germany: Nomos. [Details]
(2019)'Ireland'
Anthony Costello (2019) 'Ireland' In: Werner Weidenfeld & Wolfgang Wessels (eds). Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration. Berlin: Nomos. [Details]
(2018)''Ireland''
Costello, A (2018) ''Ireland'' In: Werner Weidenfeld & Wolfgang Wessels (eds). Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration. Germany: Nomos. [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2014)The Fiscal Stability Treaty Referendum 2012.
Costello, Tony (2014) The Fiscal Stability Treaty Referendum 2012. Routledge: Taylor and Francis, London.   [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2018)Report on the Citizens' Dialogues on the Future of Europe.
Anthony Costello (2018) Report on the Citizens' Dialogues on the Future of Europe. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2018)The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement falls short of delivering what was promised by the Tories. Irish Politics Foru.
Costello, Anthony (2018) The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement falls short of delivering what was promised by the Tories. Irish Politics Foru. Ireland: Blog [Details]
(2018)Ireland’s referendum illustrated a major shift in Irish society and the country’s social attitudes.
Anthony Costello (2018) Ireland’s referendum illustrated a major shift in Irish society and the country’s social attitudes. United Kingdom: Blog [Details]
(2018)The UK needs to clarify what ‘Full Regulatory Alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks.
Costello, Anthony (2018) The UK needs to clarify what ‘Full Regulatory Alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks. London: Blog [Details]
(2018)Ireland’s Referendum illustrated a major shift in Irish Society and the Country’s Social Attitudes.
Costello, Anthony (2018) Ireland’s Referendum illustrated a major shift in Irish Society and the Country’s Social Attitudes. London: Blog [Details]
(2017)Scottish Independence and a United Ireland: A Brexit Game of Gaelic Games.
Costello, Anthony (2017) Scottish Independence and a United Ireland: A Brexit Game of Gaelic Games. Ireland: Blog [Details]
(2017)The £1bn Bung won’t protect Northern Ireland from the pain of a Hard Brexit.
Costello, Anthony (2017) The £1bn Bung won’t protect Northern Ireland from the pain of a Hard Brexit. London: Blog [Details]
(2017)The DUP scuppered a Brexit Deal for all the wrong Reasons.
Costello, Anthony (2017) The DUP scuppered a Brexit Deal for all the wrong Reasons. London: Blog [Details]
(2017)The Conservative-DUP Partnership: A Path to a Soft Brexi.
Costello, Anthony (2017) The Conservative-DUP Partnership: A Path to a Soft Brexi. London: Blog [Details]
(2017)Fine Gael and Brexit: Putting the National Interest Firs.
Costello, Anthony & Murphy, Mary, C. (2017) Fine Gael and Brexit: Putting the National Interest Firs. Ireland: Blog [Details]
(2017)Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage.
Costello, Anthony (2017) Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage. London: Blog [Details]
(2017)Architecting a United Ireland: A Federal Solution.
Costello, Anthony (2017) Architecting a United Ireland: A Federal Solution. Ireland: Blog [Details]
(2017)Irish Unity: A Persuasive Opportunity Structure, a Dissuasive Reality.
Costello, Anthony (2017) Irish Unity: A Persuasive Opportunity Structure, a Dissuasive Reality. Ireland: Blog [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Member/
Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Group (PDD) Co-Convenor01-JAN-20 / 01-JAN-21
University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Member/
Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Member/
Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (IACES) Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)What for the Next European Century?,
Anthony Costello (2019) Public Deliberation and the Future of Europe: Are Citizens’ Dialogues Really Enabling EU Citizens to Shape Europe’s Future?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], What for the Next European Century?, Manchester, UK . [Details]
(2019)Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI),
Anthony Costello (2019) Public Deliberation and the Future of Europe: Are Citizens’ Dialogues Enabling EU Citizens to Shape Europe’s Future?. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), NUI Maynooth . [Details]
(2018)Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI),
Costello, Anthony (2018) Debating Europe’s Future: Examining Ireland’s Citizens’ Dialogues and what they may mean for the State’s Approach to the Future of Europe. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2017)Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI),
Costello, Anthony (2017) The DUP-Conservative Deal and BREXIT: The Role of Two-Level Game. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2016)PSAI Annual Conference,
Costello, Anthony & Murphy, Mary, C. (2016) Ireland and the UK Exit from the EU: Opportunities, Options and Outcomes. [Oral Presentation], PSAI Annual Conference, Belfast . [Details]
(2014)Canterbury Christ Church University [in association with CIFE,
Costello, Anthony (2014) Who is Afraid of a Federal Europe?: EU Migration and Euro-scepticism: Responses to EU Freedom of Movement Regulations in a Time of Crisis. [Oral Presentation], Canterbury Christ Church University [in association with CIFE, Canterbury, Kent. United Kingdom . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Group Co-Convenor/
Irish Association of Contemporary European Studies (IACES) Board Member/

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Institute of European Politics
Irish consultant and contributor to the 'Transformation of European Party Systems: Reasons and Impact' Project on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office.
European Movement Ireland
Rapporteur for Ireland's Citizens Dialogues on the Future of Europe

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My research interests pertain to EU integration and governance with a specific focus on EU policies and policy making processes. In addition, my teaching interests extent to Comparative European Politics, Conflict and Conflict Resolution Studies and Northern Irish Politics.  

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Politics in Northern Ireland GV3206Politics in Northern Ireland
2021European Government and Politics GV2218European Government and Politics

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