Political corruption in Ireland: 1922–2010
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The nature of the Irish state was shaped by its political culture and a specific economic context which facilitated intermittent, but notable instances of corruption. This chapter presents the main features of corruption in the twentieth century and that of Ireland in the new century. It examines three variables: Irish party system, Irish political culture and Irish media, which facilitated discretionary political decision-making. The Irish party system has been characterised by stability and hegemony and has witnessed extended periods when the same political party experienced longevity in power. The logic of Irish public opinion prescribed that Fianna Fáil deserved high political office, but only if the Progressive Democrats (PDs) exercised the role of ethical watchdog. Apart from the influence of the Irish version of Catholicism on Irish political culture, researchers have pointed to a positive correlation between hierarchical forms of religion, such as Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox and corruption.

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