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Austerity in the European periphery: the Irish experience

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  • Niamh Hardiman

    (School of Politics and International Relations and Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin)

  • Spyros Blavoukos

    (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens)

  • Sebastian Dellepiane-Avellaneda

    (School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)

  • George Pagoulatos

    (Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens)

Ireland has come to be seen as an exemplary case of the successful practice of austerity, both economically and politically. But these inferences would be misleading. The real story about fiscal adjustments in Ireland is more problematic, the reasons for recovery are more complex, and the political consequences are a good deal more nuanced. This paper sets the Irish experience alongside that of the other Eurozone periphery countries. It argues that these countries’ recovery prospects depend on the EU economic policy framework, but that Ireland’s connections to non-Eurozone economies also shape its growth prospects. Political stability is problematic in all the periphery countries, with the rise of challenger parties articulating values and priorities that may be difficult to accommodate within the current European policy regime. This is connected to a wider problem of the decay of older political identities and loyalties and the emergence of a new legitimation gap for EU member states.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201604.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 28 Jan 2016
Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201604
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  1. Sebastian Dellepiane & Niamh Hardiman, 2013. "The politics of fiscal effort in Spain and Ireland: Market credibility versus political legitimacy," Working Papers 201321, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  2. Silvia Merler & Jean Pisani-Ferry, 2012. "Sudden Stops in the Euro Area," Review of Economics and Institutions, Università di Perugia, vol. 3(3).
  3. Sebastian Dellepiane & Niamh Hardiman, 2012. "The New Politics of Austerity: Fiscal Responses to the Economic Crisis in Ireland and Spain," Working Papers 201207, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  4. Samuel Brazys & Aidan Regan, 2016. "These Little PIIGS Went to Market: Enterprise Policy and Divergent Recovery in European Periphery," Working Papers 201517, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  5. André Sapir & Guntram B. Wolff, 2015. "Euro-area governance: what to reform and how to do it," Policy Briefs 870, Bruegel.
  6. Rory O'Farrell, 2015. "Wages and Ireland’s International Competitiveness," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 46(3), pages 429-458.
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