Austerity Ireland: The Failure of Irish Capitalism
by Kieran Allen and Brian O' Boyle
Pluto Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-7453-3402-8 | Paper: 978-0-7453-3401-1
Library of Congress Classification HC260.5.A44 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 330.9415083

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.

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