Towards a Second Republic : Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger
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.
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- Hardback | 288 pages
- 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
- 15 Oct 2011
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 2 figures
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Table of contents
List of Tables List of Figures List of Boxes Glossary of Irish Political Terms and Political Titles Abbreviations Preface 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 References Index
A very important, timely and relevant contribution to the ongoing debate about Ireland's future and the type of Republic we should aspire towards. Their argument that we must move forward informed by republican values of equality, interdependency and sustainability is both refreshing and compelling. This accessible book should help ignite active public debate. A very welcome addition to Irish political discourse. -- Eamon Gilmore, Tanaiste and Leader, Irish Labour Party Kirby and Murphy have marched out on the battleground of ideas, asking how our political economy can be reformed. Indeed, they are demanding it. We may be arriving a little late on the scene to question the form of modern capitalism, but the recent crisis has opened up the space for this debate. This is a work of scholarship written with the public in mind. Its contribution is delivered in a true and new republican fashion. -- Eamon Ryan, Leader, Irish Green party 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 Towards a Second Republic. -- Fintan O'Toole, Journalist, Irish Times Most probably wish to get through the present crisis and back to normal. This book explains why that is neither possible nor desirable. It points to the inconvenient truth that the development model we have been following is not sustainable. The idea of a second republic gets us thinking outside the box about the institutions we need to build to secure an economically sound and socially just future. -- David Begg, General Secretary Irish Congress of Trade Unions A tour de force ... marshals together the latest evidence, theory, political reform and experiments in civic initiatives ... The book should be on every Irish lawmaker's desk and in the hands of any citizen or resident looking for implementable ideas to create prosperity from the practice of equality, solidarity and transparent governance. -- Senator Katherine Zappone At last, a book which recognizes that the Irish republic never treated women as equal citizens, that inequality persisted and deepened during the Celtic Tiger years, and that the collapse of the Irish economy has been disastrous for women - half of the population - in particular ways. Murphy and Kirby have brought feminism into the debate about Ireland's future. -- Susan McKay, Director National Women's Council of Ireland 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. Optimistically suggests that Ireland is at a critical juncture, with an opportunity to use the crisis to renegotiate a new and better future. Compelling reading. -- Professor Fred Powell, Dean of Social Science, University College Cork
About Peadar Kirby
Peadar Kirby is Professor of International Politics and Public Policy in the University of Limerick. He is the author of Celtic Tiger in Collapse (2010) and co-editor of Transforming Ireland (2009). Mary P. Murphy is a lecturer in Irish Politics and Society, National University of Ireland Maynooth. She has published in journals including Community Development Journal and New Political Economy. She has worked in various campaigning groups and is an advocate for social justice and equality.