Introduction
The conservative revolutionaries
in Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987
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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

Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

The politics of triumph and despair

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