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.
Kieran Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition (Pluto, 2016), Durkheim (Pluto, 2017), Marx (Pluto, 2017) and Weber (Pluto, 2017). Brian O' Boyle is the Economic Programme Director at St Angela's College, National University of Ireland. He is the co-author of Austerity Ireland (Pluto, 2013).
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 Index