The Impact of Policy Retrenchment in Europe
Edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead
Chapter 9: Cautious adjustment in a context of economic collapse: The public sector in the Irish crises
The Irish economy moved into a long and deep recession in the first half of 2008. This chapter examines the nature of that crisis, outlines the austerity programme that was adopted in response to the crisis and traces the impact of austerity on the public sector in Ireland. It draws on two case studies – restructuring of services to the unemployed and cutbacks in the education system – to illustrate different aspects of the response to crisis.
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