Ireland and the global economic crisis: one island, two different experiences

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Ó hAdhmaill, Féilim
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In this chapter, Ó hAdhmaill argues that responses to the global economic crisis which emerged in 2008 reflected a dominant ideological discourse, with ‘austerity’ being a tool in a wider agenda to reassert neoliberalist thinking in the global economy and welfare provision in the richer countries. In Ireland, North and South, however, the experience of, and responses to, the crisis and ‘austerity’ were different, reflecting different social, economic, and political contexts and influences, as well as different levels of democratic control. Ó hAdhmaill outlines some of these differences and argues that, while democratic control in smaller jurisdictions may be limited by the ‘real rulers’ of the world, global capital, people still have ‘agency’ and do not have to be mere passive observers of unfolding events.
Ireland , Welfare , Economic crisis
Ó hAdhmaill, F. (2016) 'Ireland and the global economic crisis: one island, two different experiences', in Murphy, M. and Dukelow, F. (eds.) The Irish welfare state in the twenty-first century: challenges and change. London : Palgrave Macmillan
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© 2016, Féilim Ó hAdhmaill. Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: