Towards a Second Republic

Towards a Second Republic : Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger

4.66 (6 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$32.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


During the 1990s and 2000s, the Irish 'Celtic Tiger' model of development was hailed as a model for other European countries, but the global economic crisis has completely removed the credibility of Ireland's approach. So where does the country go now?

Towards a Second Republic analyses Ireland's economics, politics and society, drawing important lessons from its cycles of boom and bust. Peadar Kirby and Mary Murphy expose the winners and losers from the current Irish model of development and relates these distributional outcomes to the use of power by Irish elites. The authors examine the role of the EU and compare Ireland's crisis and responses to those of other states.

More than just an analysis of the economic disaster in Ireland, the book is also a proposal to construct new and more effective institutions for the economy and society. It is a must read for students of Irish politics and political economy.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 figures
  • 074533055X
  • 9780745330556
  • 627,163

Table of contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Boxes

Glossary of Irish Political Terms and Political Titles



1. Introduction: Ireland and the Future of Capitalism

Part I: The Irish State

2. Irish Politics

3. The Irish State Bureaucracy

Section II: The Celtic Tiger Model

4. Managing the Irish Boom

5. The Losers

6. The Winners

Section III: International Context

7. The European Union

8. Reykjavik and Beyond

Section IV: Towards a Second Irish Republic

9. Facing the Challenges

10. Achieving the Second Republic


show more

Review quote

'The most important political analysis of the Irish crisis. A fundamental reimagining of Ireland as an independent state based upon republican values; a paradigm shift from a jaded political elite to a 'bottom-up' concept of democracy' -- Professor Fred Powell, Dean of Social Science, University College Cork 'At last, a book which recognises that the Irish republic never treated women as equal citizens, that inequality persisted and deepened during the Celtic Tiger years' -- Susan McKay, Director National Women's Council of Ireland 'A tour de force ... marshals together the latest evidence, theory, political reform and experiments in civic initiatives' -- Senator Katherine Zappone 'Most probably wish to get through the present crisis and back to normal. This book explains why that is neither possible nor desirable' -- David Begg, General Secretary Irish Congress of Trade Unions 'Ireland's crisis is both highly local, rooted in the failure of its own political culture and systems, and entirely global, emblematic of the failure of what had become a practically universal model of development. No account of the crisis has brought these two dimensions together so intelligently and persuasively as this' -- Fintan O'Toole, Journalist, Irish Times 'Kirby and Murphy have marched out on the battleground of ideas, asking how our political economy can be reformed. Indeed, they are demanding it. This is a work of scholarship written with the public in mind. Its contribution is delivered in a true republican fashion' -- Eamon Ryan, Leader, Irish Green party 'A very important, timely and relevant contribution to the ongoing debate about Ireland's future and the type of Republic we should aspire towards' -- Eamon Gilmore, Tanaiste and Leader, Irish Labour Party
show more

About Peadar Kirby

Peadar Kirby is Emeritus Professor of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick. He is the author of Towards a Second Republic: Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger (Pluto, 2011), Vulnerability and Violence: The Impact of Globalisation (Pluto, 2005), Celtic Tiger in Collapse (2010) and co-editor of Transforming Ireland (2009) and Reinventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy (Pluto, 2002). Mary P. Murphy is senior lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. She has published in journals including Community Development Journal and New Political Economy. She is the co-author of Towards a Second Republic (Pluto, 2011).
show more

Rating details

6 ratings
4.66 out of 5 stars
5 67% (4)
4 33% (2)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X