Radical or Redundant?

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While the type of small political party In Ireland has varied, their fate, it seems, has not. Although some enjoy a brief time in the sun, termination is the long-term prospects for all minor parties. The usual pattern is a speedy ascent, an impact on the political system including a time in government, followed by a prolonged termination. This book examines this pattern of evolution for minor, or small, parties in Irish politics. As the Irish state has changed, so too have the types of parties that have emerged. With the first-time entry of the Greens into government in 2007, their wipeout in 2011, the termination of the Progressive Democrats in 2009, and the failure of a new party to emerge despite the ongoing financial crisis, the time is ripe for this analysis.


Liam Weeks is a Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Government, University College Cork and an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow. Alistair Clark is Lecturer in Politics in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.