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Dr Tony Costello

PDTF in Politics and International Relations
History and Politics

Anthony was awarded a PhD in Political Science from University College Cork (UCC) in 2016. His dissertation 'Exploring Ireland's Approach to Negotiating the 2012 Fiscal Stability Treaty: A Qualitative Study' explored the various forces (domestic and international) that shaped Ireland's national position on the terms of the Fiscal Stability Treaty and the domestic and international opportunity structures that the Irish negotiating team used to achieve concessions closest to Ireland's national preferences. The dissertation was supervised by Dr Mary C Murphy (UCC) and externally examined by Dr Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck).

Following his PhD, Anthony secured employment as lecturer (below the bar) in the Department of Government & Political Science (University College Cork). He remained in this post until joining the Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University in September 2020.

Anthony's teaching interest lie in EU politics, comparative European Politics and International Relations. He has a special interest in Economic and Foreign policies in the EU and has published work on the Treaty on Stability Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (Fiscal Stability Treaty/Fiscal Compact) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in Europe's Southern neighborhood (comprising of North Africa). His work has been published in both English and German speaking academic spheres. He contributes annually to the prestigious Jahrbuch der Europaischen Integration published by Nomos. In line with his interest in the quality of European democracy, his most recent research evaluates the quality of Citizens' Dialogues on the Future of Europe and explores if Citizens' Dialogues truly empower European citizens to shape the Future of Europe.

Anthony is Convener of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (PDD) Specialist Group.