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Party Politics in a New Democracy

The Irish Free State, 1922-37

  • Mel Farrell

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political History book series (PSPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. From Revolution to Statehood, 1919–27

  3. A Stable Democracy, 1927–37

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 299-332

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a timely, and fresh historical perspective on the politics of independent Ireland. Interwar Ireland’s politics have been caricatured as an anomaly, with the distinction between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael bewildering political commentators and scholars alike. It is common for Ireland’s politics to be presented as an anomaly that compare unfavourably to the neat left/right cleavages evident in Britain and much of Europe. 

By offering an historical re-appraisal of the Irish Free State’s politics, anchored in the wider context of inter-war Europe, Mel Farrell argues that the Irish party system is not unique in having two dominant parties capable of adapting to changing circumstances, and suggests that this has been a key strength of Irish democracy. Moreover, the book challenges the tired cliché of ‘Civil War Politics’ by demonstrating that events subsequent to Civil War led the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil cleavage dominant in the twentieth-century.  

Keywords

Irish Civil War World Wars Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Sinn Féin

Authors and affiliations

  • Mel Farrell
    • 1
  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63585-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63584-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63585-9
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