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10 years on, was austerity worth it? Debating Austerity, the RIA’s volume on the crisis and recovery, is now free to download

Free from the RIA to mark ten years since the bank guarantee: our definitive volume on the crisis and recovery

The austerity that followed the recent economic and financial crisis has led to impassioned debates across the social sciences and the public at large. Although Ireland was not its only victim, the depth of the interacting economic, banking and budgetary crises has meant that the level of public interest has been especially intense. Among the hotly debated questions: what is austerity? Was it necessary? What have been its consequences? One of the defining features of the debate to date has been its tendency to polarise opinion and adopt a one-dimensional perspective. This book challenges us to adopt a more nuanced approach to understandings of austerity, and by extension the path to recovery. The book brings together leading national and international experts from across the social sciences to debate this traumatic period in Ireland’s economic and social development.

On the tenth anniversary of the bank guarantee, we are making Debating austerity in Ireland: crisis, experience and recovery permanently available on open access. The book can be accessed at the Digital Repository of Ireland, a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data.

The printed book is available from the Academy’s online bookshop.