Austerity Ireland

Austerity Ireland : The Failure of Irish Capitalism

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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 is typical of the Eurozone countries, serving to protect the economic privilege of the powerful, to the detriment of the middle and working classes. Looking at the various ways we could consider this austerity period a failure, including transforming Ireland into a tax haven and contributing to serious levels of unemployment, Allen reveals the extent of Ireland's current socio-economic and political malaise, suggesting that it may have created furtile ground for a leftist resurgence.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 379.99g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745334024
  • 9780745334028

About Kieran Allen

Kieran Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition, Durkheim: A Critical Introduction, Marx: The Alternative to Capitalism and Weber: A Critical Introduction, all published by Pluto Press. 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.show more

Table of contents

1. Wreckage 2. The Partners 3. The Failure of Austerity 4. The Re-Configuration of Ireland 5. Where are the Jobs? 6. Will There Be a Roof Over Our Heads? 7. Tax Haven Capitalism 8. A Change in Political Management 9. Why Don't the Irish Protest 10. Are Sinn Fein Ireland's Radical Left? 11. Conclusion Notes Indexshow more

Review quote

'An unrelenting analysis of the austerity programme in Ireland' -- Michael Taft, Irish Marxist Reviewshow more