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Class polarisation and neo-liberalism in the Irish Republic
Kieran Allen

recession can be disproved by even the most cursory glance at the records. For example, on 25 August 2001, The Economist announced in its lead article, ‘Welcome to the first global recession of the 21st century’.18) Concepts like ‘consumer eih ch-3.P65 59 26/3/03, 15:09 60 Allen confidence’ are also treated almost as psychological irreducibles that intrude on the otherwise smooth workings of a system that brings supply and demand into equilibrium. Of course, once you adopt this perspective there is often a danger of ‘talking ourselves into a recession’ – hence the

in The end of Irish history?
An introduction to the book
Colin Coulter

and elsewhere on 11 September 2001 threatened to accelerate a nascent global recession. The sequence of corporate scandals that have rocked the United States in the months after have merely served to compound the nagging suspicion that all is not well with global capitalism. Ironically, the essential fragility of global capitalism is encrypted within the very metaphor that was coined to convey its presumed invincibility. While the declaration that we live at the end of history clearly articulates a sense of the ultimate triumph of capital, it produces an echo that

in The end of Irish history?