Everywhere and Nowhere: Populism and the Puzzling Non-Reaction to Ireland's Crises

European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession edited by Hanspeter Kriesi and Takis S. Pappas (ECPR Press 2015)

19 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014

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Eoin O'Malley

Dublin City University - School of Law and Government

John Fitzgibbon

Canterbury Christ Church University College

Date Written: September 15, 2014

Abstract

What has been the impact of the economic crisis on electoral politics in Western Europe? This paper looks at Ireland and argues that the reason no obviously populist party emerged as a result of the crisis is that much of the rhetoric of the establishment parties was populist. Furthermore party funding rules make it difficult for new parties to emerge, and indeed the idea of parties is anathema to many who seek alternatives to the political establishment. For this reason support for non-party candidates is a more likely outlet for such voters.

Keywords: populism, party system, Ireland, economic crisis.

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Eoin and Fitzgibbon, John, Everywhere and Nowhere: Populism and the Puzzling Non-Reaction to Ireland's Crises (September 15, 2014). European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession edited by Hanspeter Kriesi and Takis S. Pappas (ECPR Press 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496354

Eoin O'Malley (Contact Author)

Dublin City University - School of Law and Government ( email )

Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://webpages.dcu.ie/~omalle/

John Fitzgibbon

Canterbury Christ Church University College ( email )

North Holmes Road
Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU
United Kingdom

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