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Austerity Ireland The Failure of Irish Capitalism by Kieran Allen, Brian O'Boyle

Austerity Ireland The Failure of Irish Capitalism



Austerity Ireland The Failure of Irish Capitalism by Kieran Allen, Brian O'Boyle

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.


'An unrelenting analysis of the austerity programme in Ireland'
Michael Taft, Irish Marxist Review

About the Author

Kieran Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition, Durkheim: A Critical Introduction, Marx: The Alternative to Capitalism and Weber: A Critical Introduction, all published by Pluto Press. Brian O' Boyle is the Economic Programme Director at St Angela's College, National University of Ireland. He has published a number of articles in International Critical Thought, Cambridge Journal of Economics and Capital and Class.

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Publication date

5th September 2013


Kieran Allen, Brian O'Boyle

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Pluto Press


208 pages


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