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The crisis in Ireland: where did it all go wrong?

McDaid, Shaun (2015) The crisis in Ireland: where did it all go wrong? Political Studies Review. ISSN 1478-9299

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The books under review attempt to explain recent political events in Ireland against the backdrop of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger in 2008. Collectively, they offer insights into both the causes and the consequences of the economic crisis, identifying underlying weaknesses in Irish structures of governance which contributed to it. Four key problems are identified throughout the four volumes: a highly centralised state; an executive that dominates parliament; a dysfunctional electoral system; and a conservative political culture that is resistant to reform. Economic recovery will depend on European elites as much as Irish policy makers. Therefore, despite the turbulence of the 2011 general election, prospects for radical change in the structures and political culture that facilitated Ireland's crash remain bleak.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Academy for British and Irish Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Shaun Mcdaid
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2014 17:13
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 19:24


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