Economics and politics - comment and analysis

Did the Irish economy ‘recover’?

For several years by now, mainstream economists and Right wing policy-makers have been arguing that the Irish case constitutes proof positive of the ultimate correctness of austerity and labour market liberalisation policies. The economy of this small island was hit incredibly hard by the financial crisis of 2008/09. …

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Social inclusion and exclusion in Europe. Results and recommendations from the latest edition of the Bertelsmann’s Foundation Reform Barometer

The Social Inclusion Monitor Europe (SIM) project invited social policy experts from across Europe to participate in the Reform Barometer 2016 survey and assess the reform need, activity and quality with respect to 55 policy objectives in the 28 member states of the European Union between July 2014 and January 2016. …

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