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
Date Written: September 15, 2014
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.
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