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Palgrave Studies in Political History

Party Politics in a New Democracy

The Irish Free State, 1922-37

Authors: Farrell, Mel

  • Offers a new perspective on interwar Ireland and its two dominant parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil
  • Analyses political culture, organisation, strategies and rhetoric in the Irish Free State
  • Examines the Free State’s politics within the context of wider events in Europe
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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.  

About the authors

Mel Farrell is Adjunct Lecturer of Irish and Southern African History at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Maynooth University. He has previously lectured at Maynooth University and Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. He was also formerly a Government of Ireland (IRCHSS) scholar, 2009-11, and has published numerous articles in such journals as Éire-Ireland and New Hibernia Review.  

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Politics of Independent Ireland

    Farrell, Mel

    Pages 3-19

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  • ‘Substance Not Shadows’: Sinn Féin and the Anglo-Irish Treaty

    Farrell, Mel

    Pages 21-52

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  • ‘The Deplorable Conflict’: Free State Politics and the Civil War

    Farrell, Mel

    Pages 53-99

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  • Aspirations and Realities: Cumann na nGaedheal in Government, 1923–1926

    Farrell, Mel

    Pages 101-148

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  • A Two-Party System? Free State Politics in 1927

    Farrell, Mel

    Pages 151-192

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63585-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63584-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Party Politics in a New Democracy
Book Subtitle
The Irish Free State, 1922-37
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63585-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63585-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63584-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 332
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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