Austerity Ireland: The Failure of Irish Capitalism

Austerity Ireland: The Failure of Irish Capitalism

by Kieran Allen, Brian O' Boyle
     
 

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Ireland has been marketed as the poster boy of EU austerity. EU elites and neoliberal commentators claim that the country’s ability to suffer economic pain will attract investors and generate a recovery.

In Austerity Ireland, Kieran Allen challenges this official image and argues that the Irish state's response to the crash has primarily been designed

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Ireland has been marketed as the poster boy of EU austerity. EU elites and neoliberal commentators claim that the country’s ability to suffer economic pain will attract investors and generate a recovery.

In Austerity Ireland, Kieran Allen challenges this official image and argues that the Irish state's response to the crash has primarily been designed to protect economic privilege. The resulting austerity has been a failure and is likely to produce a decade of hardship.

The book offers a deeply informed and penetrating diagnosis of Ireland's current socio-economic and political malaise, suggesting that a political earthquake is underway which may benefit the left. Austerity Ireland is essential reading for all students of Irish politics and economics, as well as those interested in the politics of austerity and the eurozone crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745334028
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
10/10/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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Kieran Allen is a sociology lecturer at University College Dublin. His books include Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism (Pluto, 2011) and Max Weber: A Critical Introduction (Pluto, 2004) as well as a number of works on Irish society and politics. Brian O' Boyle is the Economic Programme Director at St Angela's College, National University of Ireland. He has published a number of articles in International Critical Thought, Cambridge Journal of Economics and Capital and Class.

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