Ireland under austerity. Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

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Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-0-7190-9198-8 (Hbk)
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Once held up as a 'poster child' for untrammeled capitalist globalisation, the Irish Republic has more recently come to represent a cautionary tale for those tempted to tread the same neoliberal path. The crash in the world economy had especially grave repercussions for Ireland, and a series of austerity measures has seen the country endure what some consider the most substantial 'adjustment' ever experienced in a developed society during peacetime.

In this collection of essays, a range of academics, economists and political commentators delineate the reactionary course that Ireland has followed since the ignominious demise of the Celtic Tiger. They argue that the forces of neoliberalism have employed the economic crisis they caused to advance policies that are in their own narrow interests, and that the host of regressive measures imposed since the onset of global recession has fundamentally restructured Irish society.

The book provides a critical account of a society that has more often than most mapped out the pernicious cycle of boom and bust that remains an essential hallmark of contemporary capitalism.

1. Introduction - Colin Coulter
Section A: The political economy of crisis in Ireland
2. False economy: the financialisation of Ireland and the roots of austerity - Conor McCabe
3. Interpretations of the Irish economic crash - Kieran Allen
4. The perfect storm: crisis, capitalism and democracy - Sinead Kennedy
5. Ireland and the new economy - Angela Nagle
Section B: Casualties of the crisis in Ireland
6. Ireland's disappeared: suicide, violence and austerity - Michael Cronin
7. The impact of the crisis on Irish women - Alison Spillane
8. Defiance and hope: austerity and the community sector in the Republic of Ireland - John Bissett
9. All aboard the Migration Nation - Gavan Titley
Section C: Lessons from the crisis for the Irish Left
10. Lessons from the era of social partnership for the Irish labour movement - Francisco Arqueros
11. Ireland, the Left and the European Union - Daniel Finn
12. Business is too important to be left to Irish business - Michael Taft

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