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Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987The politics of triumph and despair$
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Gary Murphy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097652

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097652.001.0001

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Introduction: The conservative revolutionaries

Introduction: The conservative revolutionaries

(p.1) Introduction: The conservative revolutionaries
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

Gary Murphy

Manchester University Press

The introduction sets the scene and argument of the book. It begins by describing how the Irish people in 2011 elected a government of Fine Gael and Labour who themselves had presided over a severe recession in the 1980s leading to their rejection by the people in the 1987 general election. It shows how decision made by Irish politicians and voters alike resulted in the boom to bust scenario that characterised Irish politics since 1987. In that context the introduction sets out how this is a book which seeks to explain how political agency and clientelist relationships in modern Ireland have shaped political competition within the Irish state

Keywords:   2011 General Election, Celtic Tiger, Austerity, Troika, Crisis, Change, Continuity

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