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The Making of Fianna Fáil Power in Ireland 1923–1948$
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Richard Dunphy

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204749.001.0001

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‘Our Radicalism Implemented’ 1938–1948

‘Our Radicalism Implemented’ 1938–1948

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The Making of Fianna Fáil Power in Ireland 1923–1948


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Fianna Fáil's concensus-building political strategy was closely related to its economic strategy, and during the next decade, the party would face very real threats to its social bases of support. Fianna Fáil was to find itself out of office in 1948 and without any clear idea how to win back power or how to prevent further erosion of internal unity. This chapter discusses the overall period of negligible improvement in social conditions and social welfare, and Fianna Fáil and the balance of the class forces. During the decade 1938–48 Ireland saw a great social and political change brought by the war. Although it did not participate directly in the Second World War, Fianna Fáil survived this process of upheaval intact. However, the party's strengths and weaknesses during these years influenced the position it had reached by 1948.

Keywords:   Fianna Fáil, political strategy, economic strategy, class forces, social welfare, Ireland

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