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    The distortions of the Irish ‘recovery’

    Coulter, Colin and Arqueros-Fernandez, Francisco Mario (2019) The distortions of the Irish ‘recovery’. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183

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    The return of the Irish Republic to economic growth after years of recession has been hailed as a vindication of the country’s adherence to strict austerity policies after the crash. In this article, we provide a critical reading of this familiar rendition of the recent turn in Ireland’s economic fortunes. We argue that the discourse of ‘recovery’ is an ideologically partisan reading that distorts the scale, origins and benefits of the recent spell of growth in the Irish economy. A close examination of each of these distortions suggests that the current economic revival has occurred in spite, rather than because, of the austerity strategy and has resulted in the lives of many ordinary Irish people becoming not better but worse.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: austerity; housing crisis; multinational capital; welfare cuts;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 10643
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    Depositing User: Colin Coulter
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 16:18
    Journal or Publication Title: Critical Social Policy
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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