Economic stress and the great recession in Ireland: polarization, individualization or ‘middle class squeeze’?

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Bertrand Maître; Helen Russell; Christopher T Whelan;
  • Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
  • Subject: Economic conditions; Ireland; Economic stress; Social class | Economic stress | Economic conditions | Social class | Ireland

Following an unprecedented boom that attracted the label 'Celtic Tiger', since 2008 Ireland has experienced the most severe economic and labour market crisis since the foundation of the State. The rapid deterioration in the labour market, alongside stringent austerity m... View more
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