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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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Fianna Fáil and the politics of hubris

Fianna Fáil and the politics of hubris

(p.103) 5 Fianna Fáil and the politics of hubris
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

Gary Murphy

Manchester University Press

Chapter five focuses on the reasons for the political success of Fianna Fáil and the PDs. Pursuing generally neoliberal economic policies which had low corporate and personal levels of taxation at their core this coalition government oversaw an Irish economy which reported spectacular levels of economic success on a whole range of indices. Public spending by government remained high and was imitated by levels of personal spending by an electorate slightly dumbstruck with new found wealth. The ultimate result was that Fianna Fáil was re-elected for a third time in 2007 amidst warnings from some quarters of an impending economic crash, which were dismissed by all parties. Economic boom seemed to presage perpetual Fianna Fáil government and this chapter examines the conditions that would ultimately lead to the political hubris which in no small way contributed to the collapse of the Irish economy and the fracturing of the Irish state.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, Celtic Tiger, Economic boom, European Union, Fianna Fáil hegemony

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