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  title={Beyond Nationalism? The Anti-Austerity Social Movement in Ireland: Between Domestic Constraints and Lessons from Abroad},
  author={Richard Dunphy},
  journal={Journal of Civil Society},
  pages={267 - 283}
  • Richard Dunphy
  • Published 3 July 2017
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Journal of Civil Society
ABSTRACT The European financial crisis has inspired a wave of social activism, challenging established party politics. In Ireland, a large social protest movement produced a Right2Change political campaign in 2015 that confronted the right-wing consensus in Irish politics. Some activists sought to emulate and learn from the example of new parties like Spain’s Podemos. Yet, to date, the traditional party structure remains intact, and hopes of emulating the success of activists elsewhere remain… 

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