by Kieran Allen and Brian O' Boyle - £18.99 Pluto Press (2013)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780745334011 | ISBN 10: 0745334016
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.
(Price & availability last checked: November 2019)
In booklists: European Union (EU), Capitalism, Corporate Power & Globalisation, Austerity and The Economic Crisis, Ireland - 21st Century, In categories: Politics & Philosophy, World - Europe, Anti-Capitalism & Global Inequality, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Ireland, Scotland & Wales,